WRITER: FAIROUZ ABU-GHAZALEH
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 11, 2001
Expert to discuss Russian-American relations in Putin,
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Alexander Domrin, a Russian expert
on comparative constitutional law, will speak on "Russian-American Relations
in the Putin and Bush Era," on Thursday, April 19 at 1 p.m. in Room 140, Schaeffer
Hall on the University of Iowa campus. This event is sponsored by the Center
for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) and is free and
open to the public.
Concerns about spying by both the American and the
Russian sides as well as other security matters have sprung up at this crucial
moment in the relations between the world's two most militarily powerful states,
each with a new leader. As an insider in Russian policymaking circles, Domrin
will shed light on some of Russia's priorities and perceptions.
Domrin is a senior research fellow at the Institute
of Legislation and Comparative Law, a research and legislation-drafting division
of the Russian federal government. He is the author of more than 60 publications,
including a recent book, "The Constitutional Mechanism of a State of Emergency,"
and has been invited to speak at a number of universities in the U.S.
In 1990 Domrin joined the professional staff of the
Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations
as its senior and then chief specialist. As a lawyer, he has helped prepare
an estimated 30 international treaties and agreements for ratification by
the Supreme Soviet of Russia, including the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty,
the US-USSR Agreement on Trade Relations and the US-Russian Tax Treaty.
Domrin received his legal training from the Institute
of International Relations (under the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and
the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his doctorate degree in 1997.
He became the first Russian lawyer to earn a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)
degree in the U.S.
CREEES is part of UI International Programs, which
consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs,
research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and
dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize
the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.
For more information about this event or to request accommodations in order
to attend, contact Blythe Burkhardt, International Programs, at (319) 335-1436.