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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    • 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 […]

    • Putin’s actions in Ukraine sow fear across former Soviet empire

      June 4, 2014

      Los Angeles Times Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences President Obama’s pledge to defend allies in the former communist states of Eastern Europe and to seek $1 billion from Congress to bolster regional defenses might be Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nightmare come to life… Expert quote: “It seems Mr. Putin has decided to test […]

    • Ukraine NATO Membership Key to Security

      April 3, 2014

      2paragraphs By Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences It is possible that Putin himself does not know today what steps, if any, he might take next week regarding Ukraine… View full article by expert Igor Lukes

    • Ukraine Crisis, Sanctions Taking Toll on Russia Economy

      March 25, 2014

      Voice of America Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences Although Russian leaders have downplayed the impact of recent U.S. and European sanctions, analysts say capital has been pouring out of the country as risk-averse investors seek safer returns… Expert quote: “I think what has to happen is that the sanctions have to have an […]

    • Whither Ukraine?

      March 6, 2014

      BU Today Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences A few weeks ago, the news out of Russia was all about the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi. By the closing ceremonies, all hell had broken lose in Ukraine… View full Q&A with expert Igor Lukes

    • Boston Ukraine Community Reacts To Crisis In Homeland

      March 2, 2014

      WBZ Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences The Russian Parliament Saturday approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to send military forces to protect his country’s interest in Ukraine… Expert quote: “Russia, that has failed to control Ukraine, is still a significant player but perhaps not more important than lets say Sweden.” View full article

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