A former journalist, David Ramseur is writing a book on Alaska-Russian relations for the University of Alaska Press, scheduled for publication in Fall 2017. He worked to melt the Alaska-Russian “Ice Curtain” as a top aide to Alaska Governors Steve Cowper and Tony Knowles and U.S. Senator Mark Begich. Currently a visiting scholar in public policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Ramseur was a volunteer media advisor to Nizhny Novgorod Governor Boris Nemtsov in 1993.