Robert Legvold

Visiting Professor


Education
  • PhD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • MA, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • AB, University of South Dakota

Biography

Robert Legvold is a Visiting Professor at The Fletcher School and a Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where he specialized in the international relations of the post-Soviet states. He has served as Director of The Harriman Institute at Columbia University, Senior Fellow and Director of the Soviet Studies Project at the Council on Foreign Relations, Project Director for “Rethinking U.S. Policy toward Russia” at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Director of the “Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative” sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His areas of interest are the foreign policies of the post-Soviet states, U.S. relations with the post-Soviet states, and the impact of the post-Soviet region on the international politics of Asia and Europe. His most recent book is a collaborative volume, Russian Foreign Policy in the Twenty-first Century and the Shadow of the Past (Columbia University Press, 2007). Legvold is a member of various advisory boards, including of the Committee on International Security Studies of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received his PhD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.


Curriculum Vitae - Robert Legvold

Areas of Expertise
  • Central Asia
  • Russia and the Former Soviet Union

Professional Activities
  • Director, “Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative” sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and co-chaired by Sam Nunn, Wolfgang Ischinger, and Igor Ivanov (2009-2012)
  • Project Director, “Rethinking U.S. Policy towards Russia” at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2008-2010)
  • Marshall D. Shulman Professor, Department of Political Science, Columbia University and Member of the Executive Committee, The Harriman Institute (1992-2008)
  • - Director, W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union, Columbia University, New York, N.Y. and Professor of Political Science, Columbia University (1986-1992)
  • - Associate Director, The Harriman Institute (1984-1986)
  • Senior Fellow and Director, Soviet Studies Project, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, N.Y. (1978-1984)
  • Acting Associate Director, Russian Institute and Visiting Associate Professor, Political Science Columbia University (1977-1978)
  • Assistant Professor (1967-70) and Associate Professor (1970-77), Political Science, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

Affiliations
  • Member, Board of Directors, The International Foundation for International Peace and Democracy, Chair, Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Thomas Watson Center for International Studies, Brown University (Chair of the Program Committee)
  • Member, Committee on International Security Studies, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Member, Advisory Board, National Bureau of Asian Research
  • Member, Editorial Board, Cambridge Soviet Paperbacks series, Cambridge University Press
  • Member, Advisory Board, Journal of International Affairs, Columbia University
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Research Interests
  • Foreign policies of Russia, Ukraine, and the other new states of the former Soviet Union
  • U.S. relations with the post-Soviet states
  • Impact of the post-Soviet region on the international politics of Asia and Europe
ARTICLES
• “Managing the New Cold War: What Moscow and Washington Can Learn From the Last One,” Foreign Affairs, (July-August 2014).
• “U.S.-Russian Relations: An American Perspective,” Russia in Global Affairs, Vol. 4, No.4 (October-December 2006), pp. 157-169.
• “Russia’s Unformed Foreign Policy,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 80, No. 5 (September/October 2001), pp. 62-75.
• "Foreword to Intervention, Sovereignty and International Security," Pugwash Occasional Papers, Vol. 1, No. 1 (February 2000), pp. 5-10.

BOOKS
• The Policy World Meets Academia: Designing U.S. Policy toward Russia (The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010)
• Russian Foreign Policy in the 21st Century and the Shadow of the Past (Columbia University Press, 2007)
• “U.S. Policy Toward Kazakhstan,” in Kazakhstan: Building Bridges to the West, Gregory A. Maniatis and Askar Alimzhanov, eds. (Almaty: Perspektiva, 2005), pp. 45-50.
• Statehood and Security: Georgia after the Rose Revolution, with Bruno Coppieters (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2005)
• Swords and Sustenancy: The Economics of National Security in Belarus and Ukraine, with Celeste Wallander (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2004)

BOOK CHAPTERS
• “Encountering Globalization Russian Style,” in Julie Wilhelmsen and Elana Wilson Rowe, Russia’s Encounter with Globalization”(Routledge, 2011)
• “Reconciling Limitations on Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons Conventional Arms Control, and Missile Defense Cooperation,” in Steve Andreasen and Isabelle Williams, eds., Reducing Nuclear Risks in Europe: A Framework for Action (NTI, 2011)
• “Corruption, the Criminalize State, and Post-Soviet Transitions,” in Robert I. Rotberg, ed., Corruption, Global Security and World Order (The Brookings Institution, 2009)
• “The Role of Multilateralism in Russian Foreign Policy,” in Elana Wilson Rowe and Stina Torjesen, eds., The Multilateral Dimension in Russian Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2008)
• “Implosion of the USSR–Geostrategic Consequences,” in Andrei Grachev, et.al.eds.,1985-2005 Twenty Years that Changed the World (Rome: Editori Laterza, 2005), pp. 186-190.
• “Современные отношения США, России, и Китая выводы по Центральной Азии,”in M. Ashimbaeva and Dzh.Mennuti, eds.,Сотрудничество странцентральной Азии и США по обеспечению безопасности с регионе (Almaty: Institute of World Economy and Policy, 2005), pp. 11-19.
• “Clinton Foreign Policy and the Revolution in the East,” in Todd G. Shields, et. al., eds.,The Clinton Riddle: Perspectives on the Forty-second President (Little Rock: University of Arkansas Press, 2004), pp. 173-208.

Courses

FALL TERM

Awards
  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2005)
  • Selected by the World Affairs Councils of America as one of the “500 most influential people in the United States in the field of foreign policy.” (2004)
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree, University of South Dakota, May 1989
  • Alumni Distinguished Service to Profession Award, Tufts University, April 1991
  • Listed in Marquis Who’s Who
  • The DeGruyter Lecture, The London School of Economics, November 1995



Email Address
rhl1@columbia.edu

Office Location
Mugar 250A

Mailing Address
The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave Medford, MA, 02155