Igor Lukes

University Professor
Professor of International Relations and History, BU Pardee School of Global Studies

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BA, PhDr, Universita Karlova, Prague
MALD, Ph.D., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

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Professor Lukes writes primarily about Central Europe. His publications deal with the interwar period, the Cold War, and contemporary developments in East Central Europe and Russia. His books include On the Edge of the Cold War: American Diplomats and Spies in Postwar Prague (New York: Oxford, 2012), Rudolf Slansky: His Trials and Trial (Washington: Woodrow… Read more

Professor Lukes writes primarily about Central Europe. His publications deal with the interwar period, the Cold War, and contemporary developments in East Central Europe and Russia.

His books include On the Edge of the Cold War: American Diplomats and Spies in Postwar Prague (New York: Oxford, 2012), Rudolf Slansky: His Trials and Trial (Washington: Woodrow Wilson Center, the working papers series, 2006), Ceskoslovensko mezi Stalinem a Hitlerem: Benesova cesta k Mnichovu (Prague: Prostor, 1999), and Czechoslovakia Between Stalin and Hitler: The Diplomacy of Edvard Benes in the 1930′s (New York: Oxford, 1996), which won the Boston Authors Club Award and the Kahn Award. Lukes is also a co-author and co-editor of The Munich Conference, 1938: Prelude to World War II (London: Frank Cass, 1999), Inside the Apparat: Perspectives on the Soviet Union (1990), and Gorbachev’s USSR: A System in Crisis (1990).

His scholarly articles have been published in eleven countries and in such periodicals as Journal of Contemporary History, Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, Diplomacy & Statecraft, Historie a vojenstvi, Studies in Intelligence, and Slavic Review. Lukes is the recipient of the Central Intelligence Agency 2012 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Literature on Intelligence and the 2000 Stanley Z. Pech Prize for his article “The Rudolf Slansky Affair: New Evidence.”

He was the 2012 W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow and the Bitton National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His work has won the support of various other institutions, including Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, the Woodrow Wilson Center, IREX, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1997 Lukes won the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching at Boston University.

Lukes is an Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic in New England

 

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    • Current Time broadcasts into Russia, Eastern Europe

      July 5, 2017

      Washington Times quoting Igor Lukes, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “In a throwback to the Cold War, the U.S. government-run news channel Current Time recently began broadcasting into Russia and Eastern European counties to counteract the Kremlin’s unofficial propaganda arms RT and Sputnik…” Expert quote: “It’s high […]

    • HISTORIAN IGOR LUKEŠ: EXILE WAS MUCH EASIER DURING THE COLD WAR

      June 26, 2017

      Radio Prague interviewing Igor Lukes, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “Professor Igor Lukeš teaches at Boston University and has written extensively on modern Czech history, the Cold War and contemporary developments in Central and Eastern Europe…” Expert quote: “I was born in Letná, in Prague, the day […]

    • What Trump’s flirtation with Putin signals to Europe

      July 28, 2016

      Christian Science Monitor Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Donald Trump issued an invitation to Russia to hack US State Department emails. Russian President Vladimir Putin has made clear his preference for Trump. But what does this relationship signal to the rest of the world?… Expert quote: “Mr. Putin […]

    • Book sparks fresh debate over suspicious death of Jan Masaryk

      February 20, 2016

      Radio Prague Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies A book issued at the end of last year has more than woken up a rather tired and threadbare debate about the death of former Czechoslovak foreign minister Jan Masaryk in 1948… Expert quote: “I think the main breakthrough of the […]

    • France Wants U.S. & Russia to Join Forces

      November 16, 2015

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    • Lost in Unification: Post-Cold War Europe East and West – Remembering the Berlin Wall

      January 12, 2015

      WBUR “World of Ideas” Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences This week we have a panel-discussion titled “Lost in Unification: Post-Cold War Europe East and West – Remembering the Berlin Wall.” … Listen to audio of expert Igor Lukes

    • Tarnished heroes: don’t dismiss them

      December 31, 2014

      The Conversation US By Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences The release of a documentary film in the Czech Republic earlier this year caused much controversy. It is about a dissident named Pavel Wonka who fought against the totalitarian regime in Communist Czechoslovakia… View full article by expert Igor Lukes

    • Prague’s velvet: wearing off 25 years later

      December 4, 2014

      The Conversation US By Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences The United States had just gone through a bruising election, but in Congress Democratic and Republican leaders gathered to unveil the bust of Vaclav Havel, the playwright and first post-Communist Czech president and only the fourth non-American to be installed in this hallowed space… View […]

    • Putin’s Regret? Victory in Crimea Set the Stage for Losses

      July 3, 2014

      2Paragraphs Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences In March Russia seized 26,000 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory in Crimea. It then sent armed personnel to eastern Ukraine, cut off gas to Kiev for the third time in eight years, and launched large military maneuvers along the borders… View full article by Igor Lukes

    • Communist secret police operations under the spotlight thanks to Andrej Babiš affair

      July 1, 2014

      Radio Prague Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences Last week’s decision by a Bratislava court that Czech finance minister Andrej Babiš was falsely described as being an agent of the Communist era secret police has sparked a lively debate about the apparent clearing of his name… Expert quote: “Comparing anything or anyone to the […]

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