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Former diplomat to speak on Yeltsin and Putin, Feb. 19

Strobe Talbott, former deputy secretary of state, will discuss "Russia and the West under Yeltsin and Putin" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Talbott currently is director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. He served in the State Department from 1993 to 2001, first as ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the secretary of state on the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union. In 1994 he became deputy secretary of state, a position he held for the following seven years. Talbott has been acknowledged as a key architect of U.S. foreign policy during that period.

Prior to his move to government, Talbott was a journalist for Time for more than 20 years. He is the author of several books about the Cold War. He also has written on the significance of recent events in "The Age of Terror: America and the World after Sept. 11" (2002), which he edited with Yale colleague Nayan Chanda. A memoir of his State Department days, "The Russia Hand: A Memoir of Personal Diplomacy," will be published later this year.

Talbott's lecture is the seventh in a series of Cyril Black Memorial Lectures, named for a scholar of Russian and Balkan history and director of the Center of International Studies who was a member of Princeton's faculty for 47 years until his retirement in 1986.

The lecture is sponsored by the Center of International Studies of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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