Oral history interview with Robert Legvold, 2013
Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus Department of Political Science, Columbia University
Scope and Contents
This interview with Robert H. Legvold begins with a discussion of the narrator's early life and academic background, including professors who had a major impact on him. Lengvold then describes work on the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict and research projects regarding the post-Soviet republics that he worked on with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Next, Legvold discusses the state of relations between the NATO and Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Legvold evaluates the activities of other foundations, U.S.-Russia relations under the administration of George W. Bush, President Obama's 2009 visit to Moscow, and his speech on relations with Russia. Legvold then discusses lobbying in Congress on Russia policy. Legvold offers his views on where American and Russian interests diverge, the reset with Russia under the Obama administration, and the effects of the war in Afghanistan on U.S.-Russian relations. Interviewer Myron Farber asks about Vladimir Putin's rise to power and his role in post-Soviet Russia. Legvold discusses how the West and post-Soviet Russia perceive the concept of democracy differently and how that impacts relations between the two. The discussion ends on the topic of nuclear weapons and the working of the Carnegie-endowed Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative.
Copyright by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York and Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2013.