Her current research deals with the explanation of major foreign policy change, including case studies of the decisions by Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to withdraw Soviet troops from Eastern Europe, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to recognize Israel, and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to recognize the PLO.

Prof. Dina Spechler teaches courses on Russian foreign policy, American foreign policy, comparative foreign policy, force and diplomacy in the nuclear age, the politics of the UN, and international relations.

Professor Spechler’s research interests are in comparative foreign policy and international relations, particularly Russian, Soviet, and American foreign policy and the international relations of the Middle East. Her current research deals with the explanation of major foreign policy change and with competing tendencies in Russian foreign policy.

Research Interests:

  • Foreign policy; foreign policy change; Russian foreign policy; near abroad; American foreign policy
Middle Eastern Studies, Russian, Religious Studies, Political Science
PhD, Harvard University, Political Science, 1973
MA, Harvard University, Political Science, 1971
BA, Radcliffe College, Social Studies, 1965
africa, southern middle east asia, southeast asia, southern caribbean islands afghanistan angola egypt israel lebanon former soviet union syria united states vietnam russia non aligned or third world nations political science international relations or diplomacy