Author profile: Nicolai N. Petro

Nicolai N. Petro is Professor of Political Science at the University of Rhode Island. He received his PhD in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1984. During the collapse of the Soviet Union, he served as special assistant for policy in the US State Department. He is the author or editor of eight books and has written about Russia and Ukraine for many publications, including The American Interest, Asia Times, Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, The National Interest, and The New York Times. In 2013-2014, he was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Ukraine working on his latest book, Blessed Is the Kingdom: The Orthodox Church and the Struggle for the Soul of Modern Russia, which is under contract to Stanford University Press.

Understanding the Other Ukraine: Identity and Allegiance in Russophone Ukraine

Nicolai N. Petro • Mar 13 2015 • Articles
In the traditionally Russophone regions of Ukraine, political conflict arises whenever the legitimacy of Russian culture is challenged.

Is Ideological Competition in Europe Necessary?

Nicolai N. Petro • Jan 28 2011 • Articles
Western Europe’s alienation from its own Byzantine roots has done much to perpetuate Cold War divisions in people’s minds, long after they have disappeared from the political map. Ideological competition is not only unnecessary, it is a dead end. Envisioning an integral Europe that includes Russia has proved to be no easy task. It can be made somewhat easier, however, by regarding it as process of mutual rediscovery

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