Nicolai N. Petro


Professor of political science, University of Rhode Island.

Ph.D. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia; awarded an honorary doctorate at Novgorod State University in Russia (1997).

Previous positions: teacher and founder, Center for Contemporary Russian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies (1987); International Affairs fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; special assistant for policy in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs in the U.S. Department of State; temporary political attachй at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (1989–1990); advisor to the mayor of the Russian city of Novgorod the Great (2001–2002); Fulbright Research Scholar in Ukraine (2013–2014).

Research interests: religion, history, culture and their role in the democratic development, first of all, in Russia.

Selected publications: Crafting Democracy: How Novgorod has Coped with Rapid Social Change (2004); Russian Foreign Policy: From Empire to Nation-State (co-authored with Alvin Z. Rubinstein, 1997); e Rebirth of Russian Democracy: An Interpretation of Political Culture (1995). His latest book, on politics and the Russian Orthodox Church, is under contract to Stanford University Press.

Author of articles in The American Interest, Asia Times, Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Washington Times, Wilson Quarterly, Comparative Strategy, Post-Soviet Affairs, Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy, World Development, Fletcher Forum, and Harvard International Review.


A Summit of Low Expectations
This was a summit of low expectations because there are many influential actors in NATO, the EU and the United States, not to mention Russia and Ukraine, that do not want any change in

Nicolai N. Petro
Historic Meeting in Havana Brings About ‘Minor Breakthrough’ on Ukraine
The dangers facing Christian communities in the Middle East, Europe and Ukraine are given special prominence.

Nicolai N. Petro
Direct Line with Vladimir Putin: Valdai Club Experts Ask Questions
During Vladimir Putin’s annual Q&A session some members of the Valdai International Discussion Club asked him several questions. How united is the West in its desire to punish Russia? Which EU
West Needs to Decide Which Is More Important: Punishing Russia or Preserving the…
Apparently, Western governments bought the rhetoric about the Maidan being a popular revolution hook, line, and sinker, and expected that once Yanukovych was removed, the situation would calm down.

Nicolai N. Petro
Russia Can’t Be Manipulated Through External Pressure
The West’s posturing in Sergei Magnitsky's case can add nothing of benefit to the investigation, for it needs to proceed divorced of political pressure if it is to have any lasting impact on the

Nicolai N. Petro


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