The Policy World Meets Academia: Designing U.S. Policy toward Russia


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Timothy J. Colton, Timothy Frye, and Robert Legvold
U.S. Policy Toward Russia

Samuel Charap is a Fellow in the National Security and International Policy Program at the Center for American Progress, where he specializes in the politics and political economy of the former Soviet states and U.S. policy toward them.

Timothy Colton is the Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies and Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. He is the author of Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000 (with Michael McFaul, 2003); Moscow: Governing the Socialist Metropolis (1995), which was named best scholarly book in government and political science by the Association of American Publishers; and Yeltsin: A Life (2008). Currently he is working on the interface between domestic and international politics in the post-Soviet space.

Alexander Cooley is Associate Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University, and an Open Society Institute Global Fellow for 2009–2010. His research examines how external actors have shaped the sovereignty and political development of the post-Communist states, with a focus on Central Asia and the Caucasus. He is the author of three academic books; the most recent is Contracting States: Sovereign Transfers in International Relations (with Hendrik Spruyt, 2009).

Keith A. Darden is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. He specializes in international relations, comparative politics, and the politics of Eurasia. His publications include Economic Liberalism and Its Rivals (2009) and Resisting Occupation: Mass Literacy and the Creation of Durable National Loyalties (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2011). He is coeditor of the Cambridge Series on Problems in International Politics.

Daniel W. Drezner is Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Senior Editor at The National Interest. He is author of All Politics is Global (2007), U.S. Trade Strategy (2006), and The Sanctions Paradox (1999) and editor of Avoiding Trivia (2009) and Locating the Proper Authorities (2003). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and keeps a daily blog for Foreign Policy magazine.

Timothy Frye is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where he is also Director of the Harriman Institute. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1997. He is the author of the forthcoming Building States and Markets After Communism: The Perils of Polarized Democracy and has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

H. E. Goemans is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester. He is the author of War and Punishment: The Causes of War Termination and the First World War (2000) and Fighting for Survival: Leaders and International Conflict (with Giacomo Chiozza; Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). His work has been published in The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and is forthcoming in International Organization and the American Political Science Review.

Thomas Graham, a Senior Director at Kissinger Associates, was Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Senior Director for Russia on the National Security Council staff (2004–2007). His publications include Russia’s Decline and Uncertain Recovery (2002) and U.S.-Russian Relations at the Turn of the Century (2000).

Ronald R. Krebs is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Fighting for Rights: Military Service and the Politics of Citizenship (2006) and the coeditor of In War’s Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy (2010). He is currently working on a book about narratives of national security.

Robert Legvold, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He is a former Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia. He is project director for the American Academy’s study of U.S. Policy toward Russia. His recent publications include Russian Foreign Policy in the Twenty-first Century and the Shadow of the Past (2007); “The Russia File: How to Move toward a Strategic Partnership,” Foreign Affairs (2009); and “Corruption, the Criminalized State, and Post-Soviet Transitions,” in Corruption, Global Security, and World Order (edited by Robert I. Rotberg, 2009).

Jeffrey Mankoff is a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. Previously, he was Associate Director of International Security Studies at Yale University, where he also received his Ph.D. He specializes in Russian foreign policy, CIS affairs, and energy security, and is author of Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics (2009).

Steven Pifer is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. A retired Foreign Service Officer, his twenty-seven years at the State Department included an assignment as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.

Monica Duffy Toft is Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs. She is the author of, most recently, Securing the Peace (2010) and God’s Century (W. W. Norton, forthcoming 2011). She is completing a book on the role of religion in political violence, funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, which named her a Fellow in 2008.