Lena Surzhko-Harned is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Mercyhurst University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. Her primary research interests are in the field of comparative politics. She is an author of numerous publications dealing with issues of nationalism and ethnic conflict, comparative democratization and political behavior in post-communist states.
While many have suggested that Republican candidate Donald Trump might be able to get along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it’s far more likely that a Trump presidency would result in a much more uncertain geopolitical situation for RussiaRead more
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