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Robert Legvold is Marshall D. Shulman Professor in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where he specializes in the international relations of the post-Soviet states. He was Director of The Harriman Institute, Columbia University, from 1986 to 1992. Prior to coming to Columbia in 1984, he served for six years as Senior Fellow and Director of the Soviet Studies Project at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. For most of the preceding decade, he was on the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Tufts University. He received his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1967.
Dr. Legvold’s areas of particular interest are the foreign policies of Russia, Ukraine, and the other new states of the former Soviet Union, U.S. relations with the post-Soviet states, and the impact of the post-Soviet region on the international politics of Asia and Europe. His current book project is a collaborative volume, Russian Foreign Policy in the Twenty-first Century and the Shadow of the Past, to be published by Columbia University Press. Other recent books are, with Bruno Coppieters, Statehood and Security: Georgia after the Rose Revolution (2005); with Celeste Wallander, Swords and Sustenance: The Economics of National Security in Belarus and Ukraine (2004); Thinking Strategically: The Major Powers, Kazakhstan and the Central Asian Nexus (2002); and with Alexei Arbatov and Karl Kaiser, Russian Security and the Euro-Atlantic Region (1999). Recent essays are, “U.S.-Russian Relations: An American Perspective,” “All the Way: Crafting a U.S.-Russian Alliance,” and ” Russia’s Unformed Foreign Policy.”
Legvold is a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a member of various advisory boards, including those of the Center for Defense and Disarmament Studies, the Committee on International Security Studies of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Forum of the U.S.-Russian Business Council, the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, the Program Board of “Centers for Advanced Study and Education” (Russia), and the Foundation for International Peace and Democracy, led by Mikhail Gorbachev. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.