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Irina Kobrinskaya, Political Scientist

Irina Kobrinskaya

1952 - Born in Moscow
1975 - Graduates, Moscow State University
1983 - PhD, Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, Moscow
1988 - Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy, Warsaw
1991 - Returns to Moscow
1994 - Researcher and Programme Co-ordinator, "Russia and Its Neighbours", Moscow Carnegie Centre
1998 - Director, Moscow Centre, New York East-West Institute
2002 - Executive Director, Foundation for Prospective Studies and Initiatives
2002 - Leading Research Fellow, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy Of Sciences

NATO Secretary General Scheffer is on a visit to Russia. NATO and Russia are marking 10 years since the signing of the Founding Act and 5 years since the establishment of the Russia-NATO Council. But - there still are many issues which divide Russia and NATO these days: NATO eastward expansion, the deployment of the U.S. missile shield in Eastern Europe, and the status of Kosovo. Are Russia and NATO on a collision course? And - are the sides able to find a compromise? To answer these questions, our guest today is political scientist - Irina Kobrinskaya.