October 6, 2014

Russia, Ukraine, and the West: Causes and Consequences

Robert H. Donaldson
Trustees Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Tulsa

Robert H. Donaldson is Trustees Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Tulsa, where he served as President from 1990-96. Previously (1984-90) Dr. Donaldson was President of Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey’s largest private university, and Provost of Lehman College of the City University of New York (1981-84). He has also taught at Vanderbilt University and at Harvard University; the latter institution awarded his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science.

Dr. Donaldson has authored or co-authored six books and monographs and more than two dozen articles and book chapters, mostly on the politics and foreign policy of the Soviet Union and Russia. His latest book, with Joseph Nogee and Vidya Nadkarni, is The Foreign Policy of Russia: Changing Systems, Enduring Interests; the fifth edition was published in March 2014 by M.E. Sharpe, Inc.

Dr. Donaldson has lectured widely and has served as a consultant to several government agencies. In 1973-74 he was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow serving as a consultant to the Department of State, and in 1978-79 he was Visiting Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. In recent years, he has made numerous trips to Russia, where he helped establish programs in which the University of Tulsa participated, including the Zelenograd Business College, the Russian-American Oil and Gas Technology Center, and the Russian-American Management Program. More recently, he has worked as a senior consultant with Kaludis Consulting, Inc., on strategic planning and leadership development with universities in Saudi Arabia.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Donaldson is a past president of the American Committees on Foreign Relations. He has been honored for his work in international higher education by an honorary doctorate awarded by Kyungnam University in Korea, and by the Order of Andres Bello, presented in 1991 by President Carlos Andres Perez of Venezuela.