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Michael Slobodchikoff

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Michael O. Slobodchikoff has published several peer-reviewed articles. His first book entitled Strategic Cooperation: Overcoming the Barriers of Global Anarchy was published in 2013, while his current book entitled Building Hegemonic Order Russia's Way: Rules, Stability and predictability in the Post-Soviet Space was published in 2014. He is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Troy University. He specializes in relations between Russia and the former Soviet states, international conflict and peace, and comparative politics. He is a regular contributor to Russia Direct, and has often served as an analyst on Russian relations with Ukraine for BBC World News as well as Voice of Russia Radio.

27.03.2015

Russian Studies programs in the United States need a boost

Russian Studies programs in the United States need a boost

While many factors remain outside of the control of Russian Studies programs, there are certain factors that can be improved

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28.02.2015

Who is behind the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov?

Who is behind the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov?

The unfortunate murder of Russia’s prominent opposition figure and vocal critic of the Kremlin brings about a lot of conspiracy theories

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26.11.2014

Eastern Europe faces a tough choice on Russian sanctions

Eastern Europe faces a tough choice on Russian sanctions

The nations of Eastern Europe are increasingly feeling the pressure from both the U.S. and the EU to sanction Russia. As a result, Serbia, Hungary and Bulgaria have become new battleground states in Russia-West confrontation

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05.11.2014

Russia's path to globalization now faces a critical choice

Russia's path to globalization now faces a critical choice

The current model for globalization, based on core principles favorable to the United States and its Western trading partners, could face a shake-up if Russia decides to side with China and pursue an alternative tack for globalization

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19.08.2014

Why Finland's role is vital to resolving the Ukrainian crisis

Why Finland's role is vital to resolving the Ukrainian crisis

The same country that brought the U.S. and the Soviet Union to the negotiating table at the peak of the Cold War to sign the Helsinki Act might also help Russia and the West negotiate an end to the current crisis in Ukraine

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12.08.2014

Georgia could become a blueprint for cooperation between EU, Russia

Georgia could become a blueprint for cooperation between EU, Russia

Russia’s uneasy relationship with Georgia offers clues for how to resolve the geopolitical struggle for power and influence in the post-Soviet space

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28.07.2014

Will MH17 lead to a dangerous precedent?

Will MH17 lead to a dangerous precedent?

The downing of the Malaysian Boeing 777 in Ukraine may lead to a dangerous precedent in international law for both Russia and the United States. How we define “culpability” now will impact future conflicts as well

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18.07.2014

With Malaysian Boeing crash, winning hearts and minds is harder

With Malaysian Boeing crash, winning hearts and minds is harder

The tragedy involving the downed Malaysia Airlines flight shows it’s time for Russia and Ukraine to honor a binding ceasefire and begin a period of intense negotiations and real diplomacy

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04.06.2014

Seeking a diplomatic deal for Eastern Ukraine

Seeking a diplomatic deal for Eastern Ukraine

Far from bringing more clarity to the situation in Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian presidential election and Russia’s recent moves seem to have brought about more instability and unpredictability

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13.05.2014

Ukraine: If you thought May 11 was divisive, wait until May 25

Ukraine: If you thought May 11 was divisive, wait until May 25

Over the weekend, citizens in Donetsk and Luhansk overwhelmingly voted in favor of autonomy and integration with Russia. It’s just the latest step in dividing Ukraine in two

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24.04.2014

Ukraine is turning into a high-stakes game of chicken

Ukraine is turning into a high-stakes game of chicken

While there have been numerous chances to avoid a civil war in Ukraine, none of the major players in this political standoff have been effective at managing the crisis, much less solving the underlying issues. A conflict of some kind now seems almost unavoidable.

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18.04.2014

Can Geneva's new agreement prevent civil war in Ukraine?

Can Geneva's new agreement prevent civil war in Ukraine?

The agreement in Geneva was a big first step in de-escalating the Ukraine crisis. But there still remains a lot to be accomplished in order to avert a civil war in Ukraine

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28.03.2014

Dealing with Putin’s so-called war machine

Dealing with Putin’s so-called war machine

Here is what Russia and the United States should do to minimize the potentially grave consequences of the Ukrainian crisis on world stability and U.S.-Russia relations

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17.03.2014

How to avoid a civil war in Ukraine

How to avoid a civil war in Ukraine

Immediate steps need to be taken by both the U.S. and Russia to avoid the dissolution of Ukraine. That’s easier said than done

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27.01.2014

Can an EU-Russia compromise stave off civil war in Ukraine?

Can an EU-Russia compromise stave off civil war in Ukraine?

The two powers now have to take responsibility and help resolve Ukraine’s crisis at the annual summit in Brussels

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06.12.2013

Moldova: The first test of Russia’s response to Vilnius

Moldova: The first test of Russia’s response to Vilnius

How Russia responds to the loss of Moldova to the EU could have far-reaching implications for other states in the former Soviet Union

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21.11.2013

Russia’s Monroe Doctrine just worked in Ukraine

Russia’s Monroe Doctrine just worked in Ukraine

As Russia looks to keep European influence out of its “Near Abroad,” the nation is following its own version of America’s Monroe Doctrine. Ukraine was just the latest test case

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