The International Linear Collider Steering Committee (ILCSC) met on 4 June 2008 at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia, in parallel with the first day of our Global Design Effort meeting. We began the day with a joint plenary session that featured talks by Sakue Yamada and myself, respectively describing the status and plans for the detectors and accelerator. An important outcome of the ILCSC meeting was the approval of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the ILCSC that gives the mandate for the GDE Technical Design Phase for accelerator R&D and the Letter-of-Intent (LOI) phase for the detectors. In addition, several ILCSC members stayed in Dubna for the next morning to participate in a very lively special session of our GDE meeting on siting strategies.

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– Barry Barish