Russia, America, and the World: An Innovative Partnership
October 22, 2007 | 11:00:00 | Moscow
The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin has formed a groundbreaking partnership with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), a world-renowned university dedicated to the study of international politics and diplomacy.
The Strauss Center-MGIMO partnership was formally inaugurated at a conference held at MGIMO in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, Oct. 22. The conference, “Russia and the USA ” Toward a Sustainable Partnership through Joint Research and Education,”¬ù featured discussions by senior American and Russian experts and business leaders on pressing global issues, including energy and the role of business today. U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings addressed the conference on international cooperation in education. Letters of support for the partnership from U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin were read during the opening of the conference. At a subsequent reception at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Denisov and Education Minister Andrei Fursenko joined Secretary Spellings and U.S. Ambassador William Burns in offering remarks in support of the Strauss Center-MGIMO effort.
- Read the letter from President Bush and letter from President Putin (English translation) supporting the partnership.
- U. S. Department of Education press release on Secretary Spellings’ remarks at the conference.
- Ambassador Burns’ remarks to the MGIMO-Strauss Center conference.