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IU Bloomington

Dina Spechler

Political Science

Expert Bio

Dina Spechler is in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University; her primary research interests are in the areas of comparative foreign policy and international relations, particularly Russian, Soviet and American foreign policy; the foreign policies of the states of the former Soviet Union; and the international relations of the Middle East.

After receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, Spechler began her teaching career at Harvard. She then moved to Israel, where she taught at Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University before coming to IU. Her courses have dealt with the analysis of foreign policy, especially the domestic sources of external behavior; the use of force in international relations; the U.S., the USSR and Russia in world politics; and politics and foreign policy in Russia and the USSR.

Her publications include “Putin and His Neighbors: Russia’s Policies toward Eurasia”; “Domestic Influences on Soviet Foreign Policy”; “Permitted Dissent in the USSR” and “Russian Nationalism and Political Stability in the USSR.”

Areas of Expertise

Russian foreign policy, U.S.-Russian relations.

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