Regina Smyth is a professor of political science at Indiana University; she is particularly interested in how state strategies to sustain the Putin regime influence Russian foreign policy decisions and international behavior. Since 1993, Smyth’s research has relied on original data and extensive fieldwork to examine the interactions between the state, society and opposition forces that shape political, economic and social development. Over time, these interactions explain the evolution of Putinism and the Russian government’s movement toward autocracy. She is available to speak with media about topics related to the war in Ukraine and the death of Alexei Navalny.
Areas of Expertise
Russian politics, Russian society, U.S.-Russia relations, protest and elections.