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Foreign Policy Expert to Discuss End of Cold War
Richard Combs to Speak Oct. 22 at Ohio Wesleyan University

September 29, 2008

DELAWARE, OHIO – Former Foreign Service officer, congressional foreign policy adviser, and research professor Richard Combs will take listeners “Inside the Soviet Alternative Universe” when he discusses the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Combs will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Benes Rooms A and B at Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Combs worked as a Foreign Service officer from 1966 to 1989, completing three tours of duty at the U.S. embassy in Moscow during the height of the Cold War. He later served as a congressional foreign policy adviser to former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., and as a research professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California.

Combs’ latest book, “Inside the Soviet Alternate Universe: The Cold War’s End and the Soviet Union’s Fall Reappraised,” was published in August by Penn State Press.

Nunn said the book offers a “fresh, persuasive analysis of the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union. Policymakers, academics and the public can draw important foreign policy lessons from Combs’ insightful account.”

Combs’ presentation is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s International Studies Program and Department of Politics and Government.

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