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April 2, 2001

Talbott lecture to examine
U.S.-Russia relationship

By Deb Hammacher


Former diplomat and journalist Strobe Talbott will talk about how the world has changed since the end of the Cold War in a lecture on Thursday, April 5, at 8 p.m. in WHSCAB auditorium.

Talbott was deputy secretary of state and a key architect of U.S. foreign policy in the Clinton administration. In July, he will become director of the new Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and a Yale professor of international relations.

Talbott’s visit is sponsored by the Halle Institute for Global Learning. Talbott is an expert on arms control and Russian and American foreign policy.

He will discuss globalization, the Strategic Defense Initiative, the expansion of NATO into the former Warsaw Pact area, and Russia’s future under President Vladimir Putin.

Talbott became deputy secretary of state in early 1994 after serving for a year as ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the secretary of state on the new independent states of the former Soviet Union.

He entered public service after 21 years as an award-winning journalist for Time magazine, where he was editor-at-large, foreign affairs columnist, Washington bureau chief, state department correspondent and White House correspondent.

A Rhodes scholar, Talbott is the translator and editor of Nikita Khrushchev’s memoirs and the author of six books on diplomacy and U.S.-Soviet relations. While deputy secretary, he wrote articles for The New York Times, Washington Post, The Economist, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, World Policy Journal and Slate.

Talbott has served as a director of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a trustee of the Trilateral Commission and a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, he was educated at Hotchkiss and Yale, graduating in 1968. Following his graduation, he spent three years at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar.

Talbott’s lecture will be free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of International Affairs at 404-727-4060.


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