Igor Lukes, Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, spoke recently at a conference about the 30th anniversary of the independent Czech Republic at the University of Toronto. Lukes discussed Central Europe in broad terms during the conference, tracing countries’ growth and development throughout the past 30…
Professor Lukes discusses the importance of ongoing U.S. aid to Ukraine, the debate around it in the U.S., as well as the implications of further Russian encroachment.
If peace talks between Russia and Ukraine are not being considered, how long can this fighting go on, realistically? And what will the world look like when it’s over? Professors Lukes and Schilde offer their insights.
“The visit made such a powerful image, not only obviously on the Ukrainians, but – interestingly – in Moscow…It made an impact, even in Russia, to such a point that the state’s well-oiled machinery was briefly confused.”
In 2022, the Pardee School went through numerous big changes, welcomed new members to our community, and set the stage for a period of substantial progress as we approach our second decade as stewards of global studies education at BU. As the New Year approaches, we want to highlight some of the biggest stories and moments from the year.
“Beneš maintained the dignity of the presidential office, which Masaryk instilled in it and which the Castle deserves. And his biggest political mistakes look innocent compared to the crimes of the Nazis and Communists who followed him.”
Professor Lukes explores why the office of the president in the Czech Republic is considered particularly important in the country’s political culture and how Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, one of the founders of the modern Czech state, contributed to this.
“The Kremlin has been assuring for some time that any attempt to release occupied Donbas would be treated as a direct attack on Russia. This brings up immediately the specter of nuclear weapons and put supporters on alert western Kyiv.”
Professor Lukes outlines the rise of espionage in Russia and the counterbalance from the West that followed, including stories of U.S. intelligence offices.
In his discussion with “BU Today,” Professor Lukes discussed Gorbachev’s role in normalizing USSR-United States relations, the differences between him and Vladimir Putin, and how Russia under Gorbachev differs from today.
In his remarks, Professor Lukes discusses the manifestation of the “post-truth era,” the role of modern political figures in propagating this era of falsehoods, as well as the role of digital and social media in driving people to stop believing in facts and create alternative truths.
In his latest publication, Lukes studies the Czech history of the 20th century with its disasters and myths as well as today’s political problems in the United States, Russia, and globally. He argues that history does not repeat itself, but with a sufficiently critical and value-based perspective, we can reveal our own mistakes and stereotypes, and find parallels between the present and the past that are not obvious at first glance.
In his interview, Professor Lukes explains the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling, how it doesn’t represent the view of a majority of Americans, as well as former President Donald Trump’s influence on the decision.
Dean Adil Najam thanked Professors Chehabi and Goldstein for the pivotal and formative roles they played in the development of the Pardee School and conferred on them the status of Professor Emeritus. Najam also presented both professors with a commemorative gift on behalf of the School.
Professors Lukes, Schilde, and Wippl participated in a Boston University town hall exploring the ongoing war in Ukraine. The panel of 10 leading academics discussed the environmental impacts of the conflict, the media bias evident in coverage of the war, as well as the United States’ involvement with and handling of the Russia-Ukraine war.
As the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, the Pardee School asked its faculty of leading international affairs scholars and practitioners to share their thoughts on how they believe the leaders of the world – particularly Russia and the U.S. – should act.
Ambassador Garčević and Professor Lukes spoke with “BU Today” about the stunning developments in Ukraine, Russia’s military encroachment, and the ensuing global response.
“Whatever happens to Ukraine, life will continue in Kansas and California and New York and Florida. But it could be gradually a very different kind of life.”
Professor Lukes argues that the search for global domination is something that serves Putin’s ego, but does not help the Russian people.
Professor Walter D. Connor, a scholar who helped pioneer the interdisciplinary study of international relations at Boston University as an integral member of the original Center of International Relations, passed away on January 25, 2022.