Andrei Kozyrev served as post-Soviet Russia's first Foreign Minister from 1991 to 1996, having previously served as Foreign Minister of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. Kozyrev was an early proponent for increased cooperation between the United States and Russia and advocated for the end of the Cold War.
Kozyrev was a participant in the historic decision taken in December 1991 between the leaders of Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine to peacefully dissolve the Soviet Union.
Since 2000, Kozyrev has lectured on international affairs and served on the boards of a number of Russian and international companies. His most recent article, "Boris Yeltsin, the Soviet Union, the CIS, and Me" appears in the Wilson Quarterly. He is currently in residence as a Distinguished Fellow at the Kennan Institute in Washington, DC.