The enormous natural resources of the Russian Far East (RFE) and its prime location on Russia’s Pacific coast make it one of the most important regions in the Russian Federation.

The American Russian Center (ARC) has been one of America’s principal technical assistance programs in the RFE since 1993, proposing Alaska, which shares many of the region's challenges, as the United States' single most credible model for economic development in the RFE.

ARC's mission is to develop the RFE's capacity to conduct programs for Russian businesspeople, educational professionals and government leaders so that they may promote democracy, civil society and the growth of a free market economy.

The network ARC and its affiliated business development and training centers in the Russian Far East have established allows ARC to advance Alaska’s efforts to share with Russia its considerable expertise on Northern economic, social and technical development.