The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Ambassador Georgiy Mamedov, Ambassador of Russia to Canada, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Georgiy Enverovich Mamedov has served in his position for 10 years, as the Ambassador of Russia to Canada. Ambassador Mamedov is a long time expert and practitioner of Russian-American relations. After graduating from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations he joined the USA Canada Institute as a protege of Georgiy Arbatov. He entered the diplomatic service in 1972 and was stationed in the United States from 1972-73 and from 1977-1981. From 1990-91, during the final days of the Soviet Union, he was Director of the USA-Canada Desk at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Beginning in 1991, he served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Russian Federation until his appointment as Ambassador to Canada in 2003.

Ambassador Mamedov has been involved in some of the thorniest U.S.-Russian issues. He helped persuade Washington to proceed with NATO expansion slowly, and reassured Americans when President Boris Yeltsin sent tanks to besiege the Russian parliament during the 1993 Russian constitutional crisis. He also helped broker a deal under which Ukraine gave up all the nuclear weapons it had inherited after the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Mamedov holds the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. He has a Ph.D. in history and speaks fluent English and Swedish.


As space is limited for this event, RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Belfer Center Lunches are strictly off-the-record. By requesting to attend the Lunch, you agree that you will comply with the Belfer Center's strict policy against recording or disclosing the contents of the seminar. Your access is conditioned on your compliance with these restrictions. Should you violate these rules, the Center will pursue all available legal options and you will be excluded from all future events.