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Michael Haltzel
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Dr. Michael Haltzel is Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. From 1994 to 2005, he was European foreign policy advisor to U.S. Vice President (then-Senator) Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Staff Director for Europe on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His other positions have included Chief of the European Division of the Library of Congress, Director of West European Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Longwood University. Haltzel has led three U.S. government delegations to conferences of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He is the author or editor of ten books on European history and international relations. Dr. Haltzel has been decorated by seven countries of the European Union: Austria, Hungary, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Sweden. He received a B.A. from Yale and an M.A. and Ph.D., both from Harvard.

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Russia's Self-Isolation

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 8:38 PM

Russia's naked military aggression in Ukraine has been accompanied by an authoritarian domestic campaign, which includes bringing most of the electronic media under effective government control, reimposing Soviet-style controls over contact with foreigners, and most recently limiting academic freedom in Russian universities. Although anti-Americanism has become the centerpiece of Vladimir...

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The Chance for a Multi-Ethnic Bosnia

(5) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 4:31 PM

In mid-October, Bosnia and Herzegovina held national elections. The scant coverage in Western media tended to highlight the fact that "nationalists" had captured the Bosniak (Muslim), Serb, and Croat seats in the ceremonial tripartite presidency. Beyond the headlines, however, several larger developments are occurring that are more important to Europe...

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Resetting the Reset

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 1:40 PM

Russian President Putin's military aggression against Ukraine sounds the death knell for the Obama administration's policy of reset with Russia. Contrary to critics' assertions, the reset did yield tangible results such as the Northern Distribution Network, which has facilitated the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, and Russian votes at the United...

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The Ukrainian Debacle

(73) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 2:16 PM

Ukraine's decision to freeze its signing of a trade and cooperation agreement with the European Union in favor of a closer relationship with Russia constitutes a stunning triumph for Russian President Vladimir Putin, a major geopolitical defeat for the West, a stinging rebuke to the EU, and a...

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Preparing for a Less Stable Russia

(25) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 12:53 PM

The Snowden affair has thrown Russia into the limelight, but longer-term issues deserve more attention -- the country's swerve toward authoritarian rule and diminishing political stability. The West should distance itself from President Vladimir Putin, support democrats, and prepare for a more unpredictable Russia.

Expanding abuse of the judicial system...

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