Friday, February 17, 2017 – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin will discuss “U.S. – Russia Relations” in the Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s St. Mary’s Hall on Friday, March 3 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Presented by the Center for the Study of Democracy, this event is free of charge and open to the public.
Described by the Associated Press as, “emerging as a leading Democratic critic of the president’s foreign policy,” Senator Cardin has a deep interest in foreign affairs and has worked across party lines to further our national security and protect universal human rights. He has fought to ensure that anti-corruption, transparency and respect for human rights are integrated into our foreign policy.
Senator Cardin has called for the creation of an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. “General Flynn’s resignation does not obviate the need for a broad investigation into Russia’s interference into the 2016 election and this administration’s opaque relationship with the Kremlin” he said. “I have significant questions about what President Trump knew about Mr. Flynn’s communications with Russia and when he knew it.”
Ben Cardin was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and he currently serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is a senior member of the Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) and Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. He also serves on the Senate Finance Committee (SFC).
The Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) explores contemporary and historical issues associated with the ideas of democracy, liberty and justice in national and international contexts. It supports research that enhances our understanding of liberal democracy and its critics. CSD facilitates activities that strengthen democracy and the rule of law; enhance security and individual freedoms; invigorate the civil society; encourage free enterprise; and increase economic, environmental, educational and cultural equity.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Approximately 1,700 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary’s River in Southern Maryland.