Aleksandr Shumilin, political analyst

1953 - Born in Moscow
1976 - Graduates, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
1979 - Receives Ph.D. in History, Institute of World Economy and International Relations
1980 - Journalist, Middle East
1982 - International Observer, “Kommersant” and “Izvestia” newspapers
2002 - Director, Centre for Analysis of Greater Middle East Conflict

On October 12 the U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, and Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, took part in a '2+2' meeting with their Russian counterparts, Sergey Lavrov and Anatoly Serdyukov. Both sides were trying to break the deadlock between Moscow and Washington over the U.S. plans for installing a missile defense shield in Europe. But Russia and the U.S. remain divided over this European missile shield. What is in the way? Why can't the two countries reach an agreement? To answer this question, our guest today is Political Analyst Aleksandr Shumilin.