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Nicolai N. Petro is professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island. He has served as special assistant for policy in the U.S. State Department and as civic affairs advisor to the mayor of the Russian city of Novgorod the Great. His books include: The Rebirth of Russian Democracy (Harvard,1995), Russian Foreign Policy (Longman, 1997), and Crafting Democracy (Cornell, 2004).


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Thursday, June 26, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukraine Update: The Presidential Elections and Beyond Power has to shift away from people who were not elected and not representative, to the institutions of power, the institutions of the state. That, at the moment, is the presidency, and in due course, a new parliament. If Poroshenko is going to be successful, he will have to save the original concept of the Maidan from the Western Ukrainian nationalists and broaden it to make it a truly Ukrainian national idea.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Other Ukraine What was missing from Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko's inaugural address.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukraine Update: Report from Odessa The West seems to be under the impression that everything that is happening in Ukraine is Russia's fault, and therefore, if Russia would just back away or change its policies, everything would return to normal. This is a misreading of the situation. Most of what is happening in the Eastern Ukraine is the result of unresolved indigenous problems.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Six Mistakes the West Has Made (and Continues to Make) in Ukraine Recognizing the indigenous nature of Ukraine's problems therefore leads directly to a radically different strategy toward Russia--one of cooperation rather than confrontation.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views), Nicolai Petro: Western Perceptions of Russia (9 Articles, 13840 views)

Thursday, April 24, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukraine: The Crisis Moves East The past three months was an expression of civil society in the western and central regions. Now we are seeing the counter-reaction in the East, the emergence of a civil society there, but around issues of concern to the population there, such as will they be able to retain their cultural identity? Will they be able to preserve their economic ties with Russia?
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukraine Transitional Gov't Moves Militarily To Reclaim Seized Buildings In the Western Ukraine support for the revolution has been high, so they tend to view the developments in the eastern part of Ukraine as a secession, a rebellion against a legitimate government. In the eastern parts of Ukraine most of the population view what happened in Kiev in February as an illegal coup. They see local actions as a challenge to an illegal authority.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukrainian Protesters From the East Demand More Autonomy Tension is rising between the U.S. and Russia after pro-Russian protesters occupied government buildings throughout several cities in Eastern Ukraine. Protester in Luhansk have called for a referendum vote on whether or not to join Russia. Both Russian and U.S. officials have accused each other of creating the crisis.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Monday, April 14, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
An Update from Ukraine If there is a broad political agenda that embraces all of these rebel groups, it is a romantic objective, a sort of pan-Slavic federalism. Not really anything that is associated with any particular government or nation-state in existence today.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
About Ukraine -- an interview with the Iranian News Agency "Fars" there are many ways to reach a compromise and avoid further antagonism. It is not yet clear, however, if the parties actually want to reach a compromise, or, in fact, prefer confrontation.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (52 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Crisis in Ukraine: Ukraine and Russia Beyond Crimean Secession Professor Nicolai Petro, currently in Odessa, Ukraine, discusses recent developments, including the secessionist vote in the Crimean peninsula and the subsequent annexation by Russia, outcomes for the rest of Ukraine, and two major speeches by President Putin on the situation and the impact on relations between Russia and the West.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Save Ukraine! The main obstacle to partnership with Russia seems to be the view of Ukraine as, first and foremost, a geostrategic asset in an ongoing Western struggle against Russian imperialism. The truth is that Russia and the West share a common interest in a strong, prosperous, and united Ukraine, albeit for different reasons. The West wants an ally that can exert pressure on Russia; Russia does not want a failed state on its doorstep.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Endgame in Crimea Can the referendum results be interpreted in a way that allows politicians in both Kiev and Crimea to save face?
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Thursday, March 13, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Threat of Military Confrontation Grows in Ukraine There is now a real and growing danger of military confrontation or war in Ukraine. Unless the country embraces the ideal of cultural pluralism within one nation, crises like this one will continue to erupt.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Thursday, March 13, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukrainians Breathe Sigh of Relief as Diplomatic Efforts Continue Between West & Russia What's happening in Crimea, and four steps to resolving the crisis.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Thursday, March 13, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
West Needs to Decide Which is More Important: Punishing Russia or Preserving the Territorial Integrity of Ukraine 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. They did not expect that his ouster "by any means necessary" would provoke such outrage in the East, and they clearly did not expect Crimea to reject the new government in Kiev.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Crisis in Ukraine: Crimean Stand-Off One of the corollary benefits for Russia is the ability to have a government in place in the peninsula that would be friendly and that, if it were granted significant enough autonomy, could actually be the competent authority to extend the lease on the Russian Black Sea Fleet indefinitely.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Crisis in Ukraine: The View from Beyond Kiev Both sides within this single nation, although they represent different cultural and religious and linguistic backgrounds, consider themselves to be Ukrainian patriots, and they would like to be able to live together, so long as they can resolve these current political conflicts.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Battle for Kiev All parties involved share responsibility for the failure of negotiations and the escalation of violence in Ukraine.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Monday, February 10, 2014 (26 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukraine: Why Culture Matters At its heart, Ukraine’s current crisis is neither political nor institutional, it is cultural. It is merely the latest manifestation of the failure to resolve conflicting visions of Ukrainian identity. The long-term solution must also be cultural--accepting that there can be many cultural identities within one national identity.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Thursday, January 23, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Kyiv be the Next Beirut? The most recent violence in Kyiv is an integral part of the strategy of extremist nationalist groups in Ukraine, which receive both moral and intellectual support from the parliamentary opposition. The danger facing Ukraine is not so much government authoritarianism as it is the spectre of fascism, lurking behind the government's inability to restore order.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Saturday, January 18, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How the E.U. Can Bring Ukraine Into Europe The solution to Ukraine’s malaise is obvious, and it lies with Russia. Were Russia to be acknowledged as an essential part of Europe, and its incorporation become part of the EU’s strategic vision, Ukraine’s identity crisis would all but disappear. The whole of Ukraine could simply be what it already is—part of both Eastern and Western Europe.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Saturday, January 18, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How the E.U. Pushed Ukraine East The sensible question to ask is not why Ukraine failed to sign the association agreement, but what possessed its leaders to think that doing so would be a good idea in the first place?
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Saturday, January 18, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Sum of All Our Fears Russia's cultural threat explains the West’s hostility to Putin. By making Russia stronger he has actually delayed the value changes the country “ needs.” The Western approach to Russia is therefore a paradox: as Russia becomes economically and politically stronger, and is therefore able to better integrate into Western institutions, it is more actively prevented from doing so because of ostensible differences in values.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian-American Relations (10 Articles, 14575 views)

Friday, January 17, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Escaping the Values Trap Disagreement over values is not what is poisoning our relations with Russia. Much more damaging is the stubborn unwillingness of many to recognize that Putin’s enduring popularity is rooted in the genuine appeal of his centrist political agenda. Putin remains at the helm because he consistently delivers what the Russian electorate wants.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian-American Relations (10 Articles, 14575 views)

Friday, January 17, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Fighting Corruption -- New Russian Initiatives Russia’s problem with corruption is inseparable from its problem with the perception of corruption. The latter has so metastasized that it is no longer clear which is greater, actual corruption or the perception of it. This can sometimes lead to futile political gestures, such as the passage of the Magnitsky Bill.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Politics (11 Articles, 12866 views)

Friday, January 17, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Global Acupuncture vs. Global Surgery: How Russia and China Differ from the U.S. According to a leading Chinese daily, while America seeks a healthy international system through surgery, China prefers acupuncture and that this difference is rooted in cultural tradition. An optimal strategy, one that involved Russia, China, and the West, would require a shared vision of the future. Such a shared vision would require a willingness to acknowledge the merits of opposing arguments and to moderate ambitions.
Series: Nicolai Petro: International Relations (8 Articles, 11863 views)

Friday, January 17, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How Accurate is Freedom House? Freedom House’s ratings are not entirely without value, but they are no substitute for a systematic and careful assessment of Russian democracy, which is much more complex than Freedom House appears willing to acknowledge.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Western Perceptions of Russia (9 Articles, 13840 views)

Friday, January 17, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Mutual Suspicion Prevents Effective Security Cooperation with Russia American elites still believe that there is a “values gap” between Russia and America, and the existence of a common foe—even one as dire as global terrorism—does not alter this. As was the case once before, during the Second World War, having a common enemy may make tactical cooperation a necessity, but it does not make opinion-makers any less wary.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian-American Relations (10 Articles, 14575 views)

Friday, January 17, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Russian NGO Laws Reinforce Western Practices The proper purpose of financial reporting for NGOs is to increase the public accountability of political actors. It is therefore entirely appropriate for Russia have such legislation in place. This does not deviate from Western practices; it reinforces Russia’s adherence to them. Moreover, foreign democracy assistance to Russia has never been all that effective to begin with, and has probably outlived its usefulness.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Politics (11 Articles, 12866 views)

Friday, January 17, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Western Moral Standards are Not Universal It is difficult for some in the West to appreciate Russia’s international stance for what it actually is – one of moral principle – for most simply take for granted that Western moral standards are universal. Russia, however, assumes that universal moral standards exist only when a consensus among nations emerges. Where consensus cannot be achieved, there is no universal moral standard (at least not yet).
Series: Nicolai Petro: International Relations (8 Articles, 11863 views), Nicolai Petro: Russian Foreign Policy (8 Articles, 11032 views)

Friday, September 27, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
URI Professor meets with Vladimir Putin, other world leaders Vladimir Putin is "on top of his game." Russia helped avert a war by cutting a deal over Syrian's use of chemical weapons. And post-Soviet youth are striving for economic and political power. Those topics and more came up during a week-long conference in Russia attended by University of Rhode Island Political Science Professor Nicolai N. Petro, as well as Putin and other world leaders.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Politics (11 Articles, 12866 views), Nicolai Petro: International Relations (8 Articles, 11863 views), Nicolai Petro: Russian Foreign Policy (8 Articles, 11032 views) (View All Series)

Sunday, September 8, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Last Hurrah for Unilateralism Most observers seem to think that the disagreement between the U.S. and the rest of the world revolves around whether chemical weapons were used and who used them. It does not. The real issue of contention here is who has the authority to issue and impose sanctions on behalf of the international community.
Series: Nicolai Petro: International Relations (8 Articles, 11863 views)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Some Orthodox Reflections on the (P)ussy (R)iot Case A few remarks based on an interview given to Fr. Chris Metropoulos of the Orthodox Christian Network on August 22, 2012. See http://www.myocn.net
Series: Nicolai Petro: the Russian Orthodox Church (6 Articles, 9390 views), Nicolai Petro: Western Perceptions of Russia (9 Articles, 13840 views)

Monday, April 23, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Orthodox Church and the Struggle for Russia's Soul The Russian Orthodox Church has recently come under severe attack in Russia by groups who fear that its public voice is eroding the separation between Church and State. Yet it is precisely the Church's claim that its social vision has relevance for a modern Russia that its most arch critics cannot tolerate, and which makes this an epic struggle for the soul of modern Russia.
Series: Nicolai Petro: the Russian Orthodox Church (6 Articles, 9390 views)

Saturday, April 7, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Romney's Shot Across the "Reset":' What do Romney's recent statements on foreign policy say about his future policies as a Republican president? What do they say about the world view of the Republican political establishment and their ability to fashion policies that reflect the international realities?
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian-American Relations (10 Articles, 14575 views)

Saturday, March 24, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Putin's New Old Foreign Policy Russia's current foreign policy vision is commensurate with its regional power and influence. At the same time, it is also part of a growing network of nations that seek to fundamentally alter the architecture of international relations. Their ultimate goal is to reinforce international institutions so that they may serve as much to constrain the powerful as to protect the weak.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Foreign Policy (8 Articles, 11032 views)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
America: Play Nice with Russia! After Vladimir Putin's decisive victory in Russia's presidential elections, the opportunity exists for a truly equal partnership to emerge, but it will require the current administration to set aside its propensity for moralism and respect the choice of the Russian people. The risk in not doing so is that the US, and the West in general, will become increasingly irrelevant to Russia and its long-term global strategy.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian-American Relations (10 Articles, 14575 views)

Saturday, December 17, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
From Arab Spring to Russian Winter? The December discontent in Russia is a conservative protest vote of the middle class against modernization. The social agenda of the left won, while the competitive agenda of liberals, a group which happens to include Medvedev and United Russia, lost.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Politics (11 Articles, 12866 views)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
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 without external political pressure if it is to have any lasting impact on the Russian justice system.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian-American Relations (10 Articles, 14575 views)

Sunday, January 23, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Twice Lost in Translation Media reports of Russian Orthodox Church leaders calling for a national dress code portray them as out-of-touch, power hungry misogynists. Alas, these reports are based on quotes that have been egregiously mistranslated, or simply invented. The result is a narrative in which Russia and the Orthodox church are both "lost in translation."
Series: Nicolai Petro: Western Perceptions of Russia (9 Articles, 13840 views), Nicolai Petro: the Russian Orthodox Church (6 Articles, 9390 views)

Thursday, August 12, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukraine Can Have Them and Us In half the time it took FDR to pass the New Deal, Ukraine's new president has turned Ukraine's diplomacy 180 degrees. The speed with which Yanukovych has acted has stunned most observers. What options remain for the West? Some hope to fight this rapprochement, while many admit to a sense of resignation. Few see that there is a third option--make Ukraine indispensable to bringing Russia into Europe.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why FSB is not the KGB! Last month amendments were passed to the law codifying the FSB's surveillance of those citizens deemed to be threats to national security. Professor Nicolai N. Petro, unlike some Western commentators, sees these as potentially making Russia's domestic security procedures among the world's most transparent
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Politics (11 Articles, 12866 views), Nicolai Petro: Western Perceptions of Russia (9 Articles, 13840 views)

Sunday, April 25, 2010 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Russo-Polish Relations: From Tragedy to Forgiveness The Katyn massacres have long been a source of friction between Russia and Poland, but the loss of the Polish President's plane has bound the two countries in sorrow. Now their churches are attempting to harvest national reconciliation from tragedy.
Series: Nicolai Petro: the Russian Orthodox Church (6 Articles, 9390 views), Nicolai Petro: Russian Foreign Policy (8 Articles, 11032 views)

Saturday, October 3, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What the Tagliavini Report Fails to Consider The recently released Tagliavini Commission's report on last year's conflict in Georgia blames Georgia and Russia in equal measure, but fails to consider the Ossetians and Abkhaz.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Foreign Policy (8 Articles, 11032 views), Nicolai Petro: International Relations (8 Articles, 11863 views)

Thursday, August 13, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Conflict Unfrozen: One Year After the Russo-Georgian War One year after the Russo-Georgian war, Russia's RIA Novosti News Agency interviews Russian affairs expert and former U.S. State Department policy advisor, Dr. Nicolai N. Petro, about its long term international legal and political ramifications.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Foreign Policy (8 Articles, 11032 views), Nicolai Petro: International Relations (8 Articles, 11863 views)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Mired in a Yawning Divide President Barack Obama's approach to Russia is actually very traditional. At its heart is an old formula, that argues that Washington should settle for technical agreements with Moscow, while setting aside philosophical disagreements. To retain its global leadership role, however, the United States must appeal to the values of the BRIC nations. This cannot happen without learning to see Russia as part of European civilization.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian-American Relations (10 Articles, 14575 views)

Saturday, January 31, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Europe needs Russia and Ukraine together Western strategies toward Ukraine rest on the false premise that Ukrainians and Russians are antagonistic cultures. Pitting one against each other, however, has only served to undermine Ukrainian nation-building efforts. This rift in Ukrainian society will not be healed until the country's elites acknowledge the populace's deep sympathy and affinity for Russia, and realize that they need to work together.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 33092 views)

Thursday, August 21, 2008 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"Prisoners of the Caucasus unite" U.S. and Russian leaders may not see it, but they are in a similar bind. The only way out is for them to work together on a comprehensive settlement for the region. Failure to do so may or may not lead to direct confrontation with Russia, but will surely lead to America getting entangled in the passions of the Caucasus, like the Ottoman, Persian and Russian empires before it.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian-American Relations (10 Articles, 14575 views), Nicolai Petro: International Relations (8 Articles, 11863 views)

Thursday, June 12, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Mr. Levy and the Magic Media It is nice to know that some foreign correspondents in Russia read the local press. That way they can eventually pick up stories that were covered months ago and present them as something novel that they discovered on their own.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Western Perceptions of Russia (9 Articles, 13840 views)

Thursday, March 20, 2008 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Should Moscow Root for Obama? When it comes to Russia, the differences among the U.S. presidential candidates are so minimal as to be indistinguishable. The initiative for change, it seems, will have to come from Russia.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian-American Relations (10 Articles, 14575 views)

Monday, March 10, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Russian Elections – Affirming Democracy or Confirming Autocracy? The most serious complaint against the Russian election is not with the process, but with the outcome. For many Western observers the Russian people simply made the wrong choice by voting for Medvedev, and that is reason enough to condemn the election.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Politics (11 Articles, 12866 views)

Friday, February 29, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Seizing the Medvedev Moment The next Russian president's record shows that in office he will be far from Vladimir Putin's puppet, says Nicolai N Petro.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Politics (11 Articles, 12866 views)

Friday, January 25, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Letter from Russia Whatever the future may hold, for now at least, Russians are more optimistic about their country and its future than at any time in the past two decades.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Politics (11 Articles, 12866 views)

Friday, December 21, 2007 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Putin: Sourpuss of the Year? A lot gets lost in the translation of Putin's earthy humor, but it is clearly wrong to call him humorless. Understanding the humor of others, however, does take a conscious effort--the effort of putting one's self in another person's shoes.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Western Perceptions of Russia (9 Articles, 13840 views)

Thursday, December 6, 2007 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Understanding Russia's Elections Far from indicating a retreat from democracy, the Russian electorate's decisive rejection of the current liberal opposition is a good sign that the country is progressing toward a mature democracy. Over time, Russia's political system will evolve in the same direction that the institutions of the French Fifth Republic have evolved since the presidency of Franois Mitterrand.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Politics (11 Articles, 12866 views)

Sunday, November 25, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
An Orthodox balm for Europe: Orthodox Christians can help rebuild East-West ties. "In the current expansion eastward, however, it is inevitable that the values and mores of European institutions and alliances will be shaped more and more by the traditionalist views of Orthodox Christian believers and less and less by the modern, secularized Protestant assumptions of Western European democracies."
Series: Nicolai Petro: the Russian Orthodox Church (6 Articles, 9390 views)

Monday, September 17, 2007 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Russia at the crossroads As it embraces globalisation and capitalism Russia is also rediscovering a pre-1917 religious and cultural heritage that is often at odds with both communism and capitalism.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Politics (11 Articles, 12866 views), Nicolai Petro: the Russian Orthodox Church (6 Articles, 9390 views)

Friday, July 27, 2007 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Russia and Britain: Condemned to Cooperation? Both Russia and Britain have much to lose by letting their relations deteriorate, only Britain does not quite seem to realize how much it has at stake.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Foreign Policy (8 Articles, 11032 views)

Friday, June 29, 2007 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Surkov's Vision for Russia Vladislav Surkov, deputy chief of staff to Russian president Vladimir Putin, gave an important speech to Russia's leading intellectuals on June 8, laying out a what he sees as the distinctive characteristics of Russian political culture. His speech, entitled "Russian Political Culture: a View from Utopia," tells us a great deal about the vision that underlies Putin's agenda for Russian democracy.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Russian Politics (11 Articles, 12866 views)

Sunday, June 24, 2007 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Russia's New Cyberwarriors Russia's new cyberwarriors are putting Western pundits and journalists on notice-your free pass when writing about Russia is coming to an end.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Western Perceptions of Russia (9 Articles, 13840 views)

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