Nicolai Petro, a foreign affairs expert with deep knowledge of Russian politics, will give a talk, “Are We Reading Russia Correctly?” on Thursday, February 16, 6:00pm, in Rockefeller Hall, room 300. This event is free and open to the public.
Petro posits that America’s difficulties with Russia go back decades, because they are rooted in misapprehensions that go back centuries. “Therefore, it’s not at all surprising that Cold War patterns of thinking about Russia have survived long after the end of the Cold War. To avoid repeating the past, we must learn to look at Russian society in a fundamentally different light. We must learn to appreciate it as a struggling democracy that shares key similarities, as well as differences, with the West,” he explains.
The next day, Friday, February 17, Petro will hold and question and answer session exploring “The Tragedy of Ukraine.” This event will be held at 3:30pm in Rockefeller Hall, room 300.
Currently a professor of Political Science at the University of Rhode Island, Petro has been an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, special assistant for policy in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, and a temporary political attache at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. He holds a PhD in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. Petro’s work has been published in The American Interest, Asia Times, Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune and the New York Times.
Both events are sponsored by the Russian Studies Department and the Office of the Dean of Faculty, with co-sponsorship from the Political Science Department.
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