20 March 2007

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law will welcome guests from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) to The University of Texas at Austin campus on Thursday, March 22. The purpose of the visit is to discuss a potential partnership between MGIMO, the Strauss Center and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas that could include collaborative research, faculty and student exchanges, internships and conferences and symposia.

“A partnership like this would prepare a new generation of emerging leaders in Russia and the United States to confront and solve the complex global challenges that both countries—and the world—will face in the 21st century,” Dr. Francis J. Gavin, the Strauss Center’s Director of Studies, said.

Strauss Center and MGIMO faculty will also hold a roundtable discussion on U.S.- Russia relations at 12:15 p.m. in Sid Richardson Hall, Room 3.103. Participants include:

  • Victor B. Kuvaldin
    Professor, MGIMO; Former Director, The International Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies (The Gorbachev Foundation)
  • Vladimir Pechatnov
    Chair of the European and American Studies department at Moscow State Institute of International Relations
  • Dr. Mikhail Troitskiy
    Deputy Director, Academic Educational Forum on International Relations; Professor of International Relations and Russian Foreign Policy at MGIMO; Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies
  • Francis J. Gavin
    Director of Studies, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law
  • Ethan Kapstein
    Paul Dubrule Professor of Sustainable Development, INSEAD
  • Mark Kramer
    Director, Harvard Project on Cold War Studies
  • Moderator, James M. Lindsay
    Director, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.

MGIMO is a public university in Moscow, Russia, affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. MGIMO prepares students for careers in international relations and diplomacy. MGIMO provides training in the fields of international relations, political science, global economy, law, management, journalism and public relations to 5,000 students from 60 of Russia’s regions and 64 foreign countries.

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law is a unique collaboration of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the School of Law, and the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. The Center’s goal is to help the public better understand the nature of the most pressing challenges facing the world today and to find the solutions needed to meet them. The Center hosts events that bring experts and opinion leaders to The University of Texas campus, facilitates policy-relevant research by UT’s distinguished faculty, and disseminates the results of our discussions and research to policymakers, business and civic leaders, journalists, students, and interested citizens.

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