Timothy Colton

United States

Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Harvard University 

Past director of Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies; Co-chair of Working Group on the Future of Russian-American Relations; Has participated in the Valdai Discussion Club meetings since 2004.

Research interests: national and international politics of Russia and Eurasia. Books and articles include Transitional Citizens: Voters and What Influences Them in the New Russia (2000); Popular Choice and Managed Democracy (with Michael McFaul, 2003); The State after Communism (with Stephen Holmes, 2006); Yeltsin: A Life (2008); Leadership and the Politics of Modernization in Russia: The Challenges of Transformation (ed. by Piotr Dutkiewicz and Dmitri Trenin, 2011); Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know (2016); Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia (with Samuel Charap, 2017).

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The Helsinki Summit – Can the Election-Interference Shadow Be Lifted?
17.07.2018
The pair called for “constructive dialogue” without revealing any concrete results from the talks, other than plans for aides to follow up. They did hint at progress toward an understanding over

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Timothy Colton
Bolton’s Visit to Moscow: Diplomacy Can Work in Mysterious Ways
29.06.2018
Agreement on the Helsinki meeting is a positive development if for no other reason that it is deeply dangerous for our two nations, given their military capabilities, to refuse to talk to one another

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Timothy Colton
Vladimir Putin Turns 60
05.10.2012
Putin has succeeded Yeltsin as a modern leader who renewed the old partocratic elites, becoming a fresh face in the Russian politics. Today he is becoming a representative of the older generation,

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Timothy Colton
Medvedev – Former President Who Was Never Really President
11.05.2012
Given the fact that both his appointment as the head of the cabinet and as the leader of the ruling party come straight from Putin, we can come to a conclusion that Putin and Medvedev still have a

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Timothy Colton
Putin Positions Himself on Foreign Policy
28.02.2012
Once the votes are counted, we will see whether Putin moderates his anti-Western sloganeering. But it will take quite a while longer before we learn if the emerging agenda of a partly-free Russian

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Timothy Colton
Presidential Elections in Russia Are Very Intriguing
07.07.2011
It is clear that there will not be any real competition, but it is very interesting which of the two leaders, Medvedev or Putin, will be the next president. The decision on who will run for president

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