Nicolai N. Petro

Nicolai N. Petro is Professor of Political Science at the University of Rhode Island, where he previously held the Silvia-Chandley Professorship of Peace Studies and Nonviolence. His  scholarly awards include two Fulbright awards (one to Russia and one to Ukraine), a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship, and research awards from the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington, D.C., and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In 2021 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna, Italy.

In addition to his scholarly writings, which are available on his web site, he has written for Asia Times, The American Interest, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian (UK), Harvard International Review, International New York Times, Kyiv Post, Moscow Times, The Nation, The National Interest, Wilson Quarterly, World Politics Review, and the Yale Journal of International Affairs. 

Selected Writings

Joe Biden and the Challenge of Ukraine,” The National Interest, January 9, 2021.

Tragedy, Dialogue, and Politics: Applying Tragedy’s Therapy to Russian Relations with the West,American Committee for East-West Accord, December 22, 2020.

 The Tragedy of Ukraine: Hard Lessons to Learn From the Classics,” Russia in Global Affairs, vol. 16, № 4 (October/December 2018), pp. 52-71.

Russia’s Mission,” Journal of International Affairs (Columbia), November 14, 2018.

Are We Reading Russia Right?The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, vol. 42, No. 2 (Summer 2018), pp. 131-154.

Bringing Ukraine Back Into Focus: How to End the New Cold War and Provide Effective Political Assistance to Ukraine,” Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, August 19, 2015.

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