In 2018 Track Two launched the Whom Do We Trust initiative/conference series born from a growing sense of responsibility to and inspiration from the young people encountered through our work. The series answers an increasingly urgent call to incorporate the next generation of citizen diplomats into the existing Track Two networks.


At Whom Do We Trust, Russian and American students from 33 colleges, universities, and graduate programs across Russia and the United States come together for a multiday intensive workshop that fosters connection between and amongst student peers, invited subject matter experts, and the many accomplished participants in our networks.

Student feedback has shown that the success of this series lies in the interdisciplinary/multisensory, holistic approach taken. The workshops include:

  • Panels: Experts and students discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the younger generation and our shared global future

  • Small group breakaway projects that encourage a solution-oriented approach

  • Cultural enrichment through live performance

  • Relationship-building during visits to local areas of historical and cultural importance

  • Follow-up projects with students supported by the Track Two team and network participants

"Remember how easy it was to make friends with someone on the playground when we were kids. All that was needed was to come up to a boy or a girl you liked and say hello'. It was so natural to play with, to trust people we didn’t know.

At the conference, I felt like I was a kid on the playground again."

- Alisa Topchiy, St. Petersburg University

November 13, 2019

November 13, 2019

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