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Some have described Russia’s aggression in Ukraine as a “wake up call” for NATO. In this Context interview, former Prime Minister of Poland and a former Russian Foreign Minister offer their perspectives on the past, present, and future of European security and the NATO alliance.

About the Guests

Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz was Prime Minister of Poland (1996-1997), Foreign Minister of Poland (2001-2005) and also served as the speaker of the Sejm (lower chamber of the Polish parliament). Along with Leszek Miller, he signed the Accession Treaty that paved way to Polish membership in the European Union. Cimoszewicz returned to politics during 2007 parliamentary election, when he won a Senate seat as an independent candidate.

Andrey Kozyrev was the first Foreign Minister of Russia (1991-1996) under President Boris Yeltsin. Kozyrev graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) with a Ph.D. in History. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR in 1974, and held various posts including Head of the Department of International Organizations.


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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, and the region though research and exchange.  Read more