The Friends of the Library invite you to an important discussion with Nicolai N. Petro, Professor of Political Science, URI, November 23, 1pm, East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce Street.
According to Dr. Petro, “Despite the passage of time, Cold War patterns of thinking about Russia show no sign of weakening. If we are to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, we must look at Russian society in a fundamentally different light. We must learn to appreciate it as a democracy that shares key similarities, as well as differences, with the West.”
You are invited to hear more about what is needed to re-conceptualize USA relations with Russia, engage in meaningful dialogue, and forge the partnerships that America needs in order to remain an influential global power.
Nicolai N. Petro is professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island. His books include, Crafting Democracy (Cornell, 2004), The Rebirth of Russian Democracy (Harvard, 1995), and Russian Foreign Policy co-authored with Alvin Z. Rubinstein (Longman, 1997). As a Council on Foreign Relations fellow, he served as special assistant for policy toward the Soviet Union in the U.S. Department of State from 1989 to 1990. He has received two Fulbright awards (one to Russia and one to Ukraine), as well as fellowships from the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington, D.C., and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His writings about Russia and Ukraine have appeared frequently on the web sites of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, The Nation, and The National Interest.
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