Ambassador Alexander Bessmertnykh is a Russian diplomat who served as Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1990 to 1991. Prior to that he was posted to Washington as the Soviet Ambassador to the United States and also served as the First Deputy Foreign Minister. In 1992, he was elected President of the Foreign Policy Association, and in May 1993, he was elected the Chairman of the World Council of Former Foreign Ministers. Ambassador Bessmertnykh is the author of numerous articles on diplomacy, and strategic and military matters. He is a full member of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences of the Russian Federation.