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Release: April 11, 2001

Expert to discuss Russian-American relations in Putin, Bush era

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.