###For more information about the conference, or to schedule interviews withBaker Institute director Djerejian concerning the fall conference, pleasecontact Michael Cinelli, Rice University News Office director, at (713)831-4794. AddThis ShareCONTACT: Michael CinelliPHONE: (713) 831-4794KISSINGER, VANCE, BAKER, CHRISTOPHER, GORBACHEV TO HIGHLIGHT BAKERINSTITUTE ANNUAL CONFERENCE Former U.S. secretaries of state Henry Kissinger,Cyrus Vance, James A. Baker, III, and Warren Christopher, and former SovietUnion president Mikhail Gorbachev will discuss major foreign policy issuesfacing the United States in the 21st century at Rice University’s BakerInstitute in October.CNN news anchor Bernard Shaw is scheduled to moderate the paneldiscussion.The program, set for Oct. 16 in Autry Court on the Rice campus, is thecenterpiece of the Baker Institute’s third annual conference. Dedication of thenew Baker Building, which houses the institute’s facilities as well as theoffice of the dean of the school of social sciences and Rice’s political scienceand economic departments, will take place on Oct. 15.As part of the annual conference, Gorbachev will receive the BakerInstitute’s Enron Prize for Distinguished Public Service. The former SovietUnion president will be the second recipient of the award, which was presentedto former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell at the institute’sinaugural annual conference in November 1995.“The third annual conference and the dedication of the Baker Building is aspecial occasion to mark the inauguration of our new facility as the forum forinnovative research and ideas on domestic and foreign policy issues,” said BakerInstitute director Edward Djerejian. “The gathering of noted foreign policystatesman to discuss future strategies is a characteristic of the work of theinstitute.”Kissinger is chairman of his own international consulting firm. He has had astoried career in international affairs. He served as the 56th secretary ofstate under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford from Sept. 22, 1973 untilJan. 20, 1977. He also served as assistant to the president for nationalsecurity affairs. He was appointed by President Reagan to chair the NationalBipartisan Commission on Central America, and he served as a member of thePresident’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.Vance is a partner in the New York law firm of Simpson Thatcher &Bartlett. He served as the 57th secretary of state in the Carter Administration,and as a personal envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations in anumber of key missions.Baker served as the 61st secretary of state from 1989 to 1992, a periodencompassing the fall of the Soviet Union and the Persian Gulf War as well asother major foreign policy initiatives. His book, “The Politics of Diplomacy:Revolution, War and Peace, 1989-1992,” was published in 1995. He is currently asenior partner in the Houston law firm of Baker & Botts LLP and a seniorcounselor for the Carlyle Group.Christopher is a senior partner in the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. Heserved as the 63rd secretary of state from Jan. 20, 1993 to Jan. 20, 1997. Hewas deputy secretary of state in the Carter Administration and was credited withnegotiating the release of the American hostages in Iran.Gorbachev is president of the Gorbachev Foundation, a non-profit,non-partisan education foundation, and he is the founder of the environmentalorganization, Green Cross International. He was president of the Presidium ofthe Supreme Soviet of the USSR from 1985 to 1990. He received the 1990 NobelPeace Prize.For more information about Rice/s Baker Institute and the October annualconference visit the institute’s World Wide Web site at http://riceinfo.rice.edu/projects/baker/index.html.