WPI to Co-sponsor Talk by Former Russian Diplomat at Clark

Kozyrev will discuss Putin's foreign policy: 'Has Russia Joined the West?'

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, MA - January 23, 2003 - Russian president Vladimir Putin and President George W. Bush have heralded a new era in relations between Moscow and Washington in the wake of the events of September 11th.

Former Kremlin diplomat Andrei V. Kozyrev will assess the nature of the Russian-American relationship at the dawn of the 21st century in a lecture titled "Putin's Foreign Policy: Has Russia Joined the West?" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Clark University's Razzo Hall at the Traina Center for the Arts, 92 Downing Street. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 508-793-7676.

The American Committees on Foreign Relations, including its Worcester committee, arranged Kozyrev's visit to the United States. The Feb. 4 lecture is part of Clark's President's Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Kozyrev was born in Belgium in 1951 and educated at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He served in the Soviet diplomatic service during the Gorbachev years before becoming Russia's minister of foreign affairs under Boris Yelstin from 1990 to 1995. Kozyrev was an elected member of the Duma, the Russian parliament, from 1993 until 2000.

The President's Lecture Series, founded by Clark University President John Bassett, incorporates the idea of public affairs workshops on topics related to the environment, urban affairs, international issues, and governmental and economic problems. Distinguished speakers, at times as part of the President's Lecture Series, alternate with symposia on matters of urgent and regional concern.