President of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC); Professor at Moscow State Institute of International Relations; Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998–2004); Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation (2004–2007).
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
Advisor of the Institute of Modern International Relations of Tsinghua University (Beijing); Member of a number board of directors – Nuclear reat Initiative, United Nations Foundation, Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe etc. Ph.D in History; Corresponding Member, Russian Academy of Sciences.
Previous positions: researcher, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, USSR Academy of Sciences (1969–1973); since 1973 – in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA): European Department (held different positions); counsellor, minister councellor, USSR Embassy in Spain (1978–1983); Assistant, Minister of Foreign Affairs (1984–1986); Secretariat, MFA – different positions (1986–1991); USSR, Russian Federation Ambassador to Spain (1991–1993); First Deputy Minister (1995–1998); Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998–2004); Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation (2004–2007).
He took part in the work of several U.N. General Assembly sessions, many international conferences, and in particular, co-chaired the Bosnia settlement talk in Dayton, Ohio.
Author of many books and articles on the history of Russian foreign affairs and foreign policy.
Awards: Hero of the Russian Federation; Order of Merit for the Motherland (2-nd and 4-th classes), etc.