Dimitri K. Simes

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Dimitri K. Simes is the founding President of The Nixon Center.

"Mr. Simes was selected to lead the Center by President Richard M. Nixon, to whom he served as an informal foreign policy advisor and with whom he traveled four times to Russia and other former Soviet states as well as Western and Central Europe. Mr. Simes is also the Publisher of In the National Interest and co-Publisher of The National Interest.

"Before the establishment of the Center, Mr. Simes served as Chairman of the Center for Russian and Eurasian Programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he was also a Senior Associate. Earlier, he was the Director of the Soviet and East European Research Program and a Research Professor of Soviet Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to his work at SAIS, Mr. Simes was a Senior Research Fellow and subsequently the Director of Soviet Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In addition to teaching at SAIS, Mr. Simes taught at the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University.

"Mr. Simes was born in Moscow and graduated from the School of History of Moscow State University. From 1967 to 1972, he was a research assistant and later a research associate at the Institute of World Economy and International Affairs (also in Moscow), an influential foreign policy think tank in the Soviet Union at that time.

"Mr. Simes' most recent book is After the Collapse: Russia Seeks its Place as a Great Power (Simon & Schuster, 1999). He has also authored and co-authored two additional books, Détente and Conflict: Soviet Foreign Policy 1972-1977 and Soviet Succession: Leadership in Transition. He frequently writes for newspapers and journals as well; his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and several other prominent publications. He has served as a consultant to CBS and NBC."

Biography copied from the Nixon Center Web Site.