On September 13 2023, Amb. Jorge Heine, Research Professor at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Interim Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future spoke with China Global Television Network (CGTN) – Europe to shed light on the pivotal Putin-Kim Summit, offering insights into its…
On August 28, 2023 Amb. Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, was featured in Al Jazeera Balkan’s political talk show Context, along with former Croatian Ambassador to Russia, Božo Kovačević, and former Serbian Ambassador to Belarus, Srećko Djukić. On the show, the discussants picked…
In an interview with ABC News, John D. Woodward Jr., Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, discussed the recent arrest of Wall Street Journal report Evan Gershkovich by Russian authorities. Some experts fear this is a case of hostage diplomacy, where arresting countries will take…
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.
In discussing the impact of any nuclear weapons strike, Ambassador Hare warns of a “nightmare proliferation scenario” in which a nuclear strike by Russia could dramatically up the risk of a full-blown nuclear exchange as countries begin to think that they need nuclear weapons as well.
“I do not think that Putin and the people around Putin…are going to back off until they realize that this catastrophic choice that Vladimir Putin made is only leading to disaster for Russia and the Russian people.”
All speakers agreed that in the first half of the 1990s, Russia acted as a world power that harmonized its interests with the other powers and shared the responsibility for global peace and order. However, Garčević noted that as time went on, the feeling grew among the Russian hardliners that this policy didn’t bear fruits.
“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.”
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.
“A nuclear exchange…if it did not bring about civilization’s end, would make him a pariah not just to the world’s democracies but also to China.”
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.
Professor Lukes argues that the search for global domination is something that serves Putin’s ego, but does not help the Russian people.
“Highly committed states, however weak, will do what they need to do to be heard and to be taken seriously when the stakes for them are perceived to be high, even existential.”
Given the fact that US-Russian relations are at their lowest point in 30 years, the biggest takeaway of the meeting is that it is actually took place.
“Taking the public into a maze of mutually exclusive conspiracy theories is a more effective tool of public opinion manipulation than the old-fashioned disinformation.”
Amb. Robert Loftis discusses how relationships between members of Donald Trump’s administration and Russia are viewed by U.S. allies across the globe.
Prof. Igor Lukes discusses what presidential candidate Donald Trump’s general pro-Russian attitude means for Europe.
Journalist and public intellectual Hedrick Smith discussed the impact and legacy of Russia’s divisive President Vladimir Putin and his czar-sized effect on world politics.