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Prof. Kimberly Marten provides expert commentary on political tensions in Ukraine

Professor Kimberly Marten, an expert on Eurasian politics, has recently provided commentary to major international news organizations on the continuing diplomatic crisis in Ukraine and Russia. Recent coverage includes MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, WNYC’s The Takeaway, Mashable, and the Huffington Post.

In a recent Huffington Post article, Prof. Marten comments on possible EU sanctions on associates of Vladimir Putin. An excerpt:

"The Russian political system rewards strong leaders who can keep order and stability, while providing the opportunity for people to gain economically," Kimberly Marten, a professor of political science at Barnard College and Columbia University, told HuffPost. "The alternative in the minds of the population and the inner circle of elites is the terrible instability and violence of the 1990s."

So, on the surface, all Putin needs to do is show the West a strong face while maintaining the stability and open markets that have allowed the elite class to prosper. However, herein sits the problem: within Russia’s "inner circle of elites", various different interests are coming into conflict.

Read the full article.

Watch an interview with Prof. Marten on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show about what the international community can do to place pressure on Russia.



Listen to Prof. Marten’s recent interview on WNYC’s The Takeaway about new U.S. sanctions against Russia.

Prof. Marten was also a guest on Minnesota Public Radio’s The Daily Circuit to discuss escalating tensions in Russia following the crash of Flight MH 17.

For Mashable, Prof. Marten weighs in on the potential reopening of a Russian spy base in Cuba. Read the article.

Prof. Marten
, Barnard’s Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, specializes in international relations and international security. Her research focuses on warlords and militias and their relationship to sovereign states and state security institutions, in places ranging from Afghanistan and Iraq to the former Soviet Union.