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.
- Foreign policy; foreign policy change; Russian foreign policy; near abroad; American foreign policy