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Faculty affiliates

Megan A. Stewart

Megan A. Stewart is an associate professor of public policy at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Her research interests focus on explaining variation in how changes to social, economic, and political…
Visiting policy practitioners

Kseniya Yurtayeva

Visiting Scholar, Weiser Diplomacy Center
Kseniya Yurtayeva a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, with support from the Weiser Diplomacy Center. Yurtayeva is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at Kharkiv National University of Internal…
In the Media

Ali weighs in on Putin, state of war in Ukraine

Nov 8, 2022 HuffPost
Javed Ali, HuffPost: "It just reinforces the perception of who Putin is and how sort of diabolical this strategy of his is, and the list of potential war crimes keeps getting longer. If Russia isn’t already a pariah country, it would absolutely...
In the Media

Levitsky compares post-election protests in US and Brazil

Nov 2, 2022 Folha de S. Paulo
Melvyn Levitsky, Folha de S. Paulo: "It's normal to have protests. But acts like the ones that happened in the U.S., fueled by public figures who appropriate people's emotions and encourage violence, are a real threat in our times. That's what I saw...
In the Media

Levitsky predicts efficacy of Brazilian President-elect Lula

Nov 1, 2022 The Dialogue
Melvyn Levitsky, The Dialogue: “Lula has attained almost mythical status among the lower-middle and lower classes in Brazil. His rise from poverty to trade union leader to president of Brazil in addition to popular programs to keep kids in school...
News

Biden's visit to Cambodia requires delicate balance - Ciorciari

Oct 31, 2022
President Biden is set to be the first U.S. president to visit Cambodia in 10 years when he attends the ASEAN summit in November. John Ciorciari, associate dean, director of the International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center and professor...
In the Media

Levitsky discusses US support for Ukraine

Oct 28, 2022 The Hill
Melvyn Levitsky, The Hill: While lawmakers may ultimately fall in line behind the Biden administration, the divisions and political damage may not fade so quickly.  “On the progressive side, [it] makes them look like they’re weak in the sense of not...
News

Ciorciari warns on foreign intervention in Haiti

Oct 23, 2022
Haiti has once again found itself in crisis, rattled by an assassination, overtaken by gang violence, and led by an unelected government. Associate dean John Ciorciari recently penned an article in Foreign Policy warning of the consequences of...
News

Students simulate negotiations in the Arctic Circle

Sep 27, 2022
Geopolitical tensions are rising in the Arctic Circle, with disputes over territory and resources, environmental issues, and Indigenous People's way of life. In early September, nearly 30 undergraduate and graduate students from across the...
In the Media

Levitsky says U.S.-Russia prisoner swap deal possible

Jul 28, 2022 Detroit News
The Biden administration has made an offer to Russia to swap a Russian prisoner in the U.S., convicted arms smuggler Viktor Bout, for two Americans currently being held in Moscow, Michigan's Paul Whelan and WNBA star Brittney Griner. Commenting to...
In the Media

Griner guilty plea gives Russian negotiators an advantage - Levitsky

Jul 10, 2022 Arizona Republic
After WNBA star Brittney Griner's guilty plea in a Moscow court to possessing a small amount of hashish oil in Russia, the Biden administration is considering what its next steps could be to gain her release.  Ford School professor Melvyn Levitsky...
In the Media

Levitsky comments on Russia-Ukraine prisoner swaps

Jun 27, 2022 USA Today
A major prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine took place earlier this week, but the prospects for several Americans held by Russia look bleak.  Ford School professor Melvyn Levitsky was quoted in an article in USA Today before the swap. He said...
State & Hill

Discourse: Ford School faculty in the news, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
“(Putin) has already violated every international treaty, including the U.N. charter, by invading. This has international implications, not just European implications. Now, the question of what we do and how we do it, with regards to sanctions or...
In the Media

Ali: U.S. intelligence-sharing with Ukraine poses potential risks

May 9, 2022 The Cipher Brief
The U.S. and allies have declassified and shared intelligence with Ukrainian authorities over the past months of the war with Russia. Associate professor of practice Javed Ali, a former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security...
In the Media

Levitsky says new Russian prisoner exchange unlikely soon

Apr 28, 2022 The Detroit News
After one American was released from Russia in a prisoner exchange, another American—Paul Whelan from Michigan—remains in a Russian prison. Whelan's family expressed regret that he had not been included. Some have argued that more sanctions against...
In the Media

Levitsky discusses Congress and foreign policy

Apr 25, 2022 Roll Call
Over the last few decades, the foreign policy power of Congress has deteriorated, leaving a question mark around the process of withdrawing from treaties. Melvyn Levitsky weighed in on the debate. “It’s a gray area because the Congress wants to...
In the Media

Ukraine invasion has damaged isolated, paranoid Putin - Ciorciari

Mar 27, 2022 The Express
All eyes are on Russian President Vladimir Putin as the war in Ukraine continues. John Ciorciari, associate professor of public policy and director of the Ford School's International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center, said some in his inner...