Troy University to host panel discussion on the state of U.S., Russian relations

Posted: Wednesday, 01 October 2014

TROY - A panel of experts from Troy University will weigh in on the state of U.S. and Russian relations amidst the crisis in Ukraine during a discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Troy Campus.

The panel discussion "Reigniting the Cold War: Russian-American Relations in the Ukrainian Crisis" will be held starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor at the Troy Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The panel will consist of a trio of faculty members from the departments of political science and history, including:

  • Dr. Margaret Gnoinska, an assistant professor of history who is a Fulbright Scholar and Boren NSEP fellow and has worked closely with the Cold War International History Project;
  • Dr. Michael Slobodchikoff, a lecturer of political science who has published two books on Russian relations with post-Soviet states and serves as a frequent analyst for BBC World News;
  • and Dr. James Todhunter, an assistant professor of political science whose work has been published in "International Negotiation" and is currently working on several projects related to the intersection of U.S. domestic politics and conflict resolution.

Dr. James Rinehart, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will serve as moderator for the discussion.

The discussion will explore how the U.S. and Russia are once again in direct opposition 25 years after the end of the Cold War, Dr. Slobodchikoff said.

"The crisis in Ukraine has brought both sides to the brink of a renewed conflict that can alter the world," Dr. Slobodchikoff said. "What happens next has profound implications for the United States, Russia, and the whole world. Is conflict between the two superpowers unavoidable, or is there a way out of this crisis?"

For more information, contact Dr. Slobodchikoff at