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Edward Lozansky

Expert in: Russian-American relations, social sciences, politics

Dr. Edward Lozansky is the President and Founder of the American University in Moscow. He also founded the U.S.-Russia Forum, an annual event held in the U.S. Congress since 1981 that features leading American and Russian political and business leaders, scholars and foreign policy experts. A frequent guest on major American and Russian TV and radio programs, Dr. Lozansky is the author of 13 books and over 700 articles in the areas of science, humanities and politics published in leading American and Russian journals and newspapers. 

He was born in Kiev, Ukraine, graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics & Engineering, and received his Ph.D. in theoretical and mathematical physics from the Moscow Institute of Atomic Energy named after Kurchatov. After graduation he worked as a nuclear physicist in leading research institutions in Moscow and was also a Professor of Physics at the Military Tank Academy. In 1975, he lost all of his research and teaching positions for publicly criticizing Soviet foreign and domestic policies. 

Subsequently, in 1976 Dr. Lozansky moved to the United States where he did research and taught at the University of Rochester, New York, and at the American University in Washington, D.C. More than a decade later, Dr. Yuri Ossipyan, then-Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Gorbachev's science advisor, invited Dr. Lozansky back to the USSR. Shortly thereafter, in 1990, he founded the American University in Moscow, the first private higher education school in Russia. In addition to educational programs, the American University in Moscow is involved in organizing conferences and seminars, promoting US-Russia cultural exchanges and publications. Dr. Lozansky is a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Social Sciences and Professor of World Politics at Moscow State and National Research Nuclear Universities.