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Raymond Taras - Tulane University. New Orleans, LA, US

Raymond Taras

Professor of Political Science | Tulane University


Dr. Taras is an expert on the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the collapse of the USSR and Russia's identity in international relations.




Born and educated in Montreal, Quebec, Raymond Taras received his postgraduate degrees at universities in Europe in the 1970s and began publishing scholarly books in the 1980s. He has authored or edited over 20 books: on the collapse of the USSR, Russia's identity in international relations, the rise of liberal and illiberal nationalism, the internationalization of ethnic conflicts, the dangers of xenophobia, the critique of multiculturalism, the impact of fear on European foreign policy and the makings of nationhood.

Areas of Expertise (3)

European foreign policy

Russia-Ukraine crisis

Collapse of the USSR

Accomplishments (2)

Nationhood, Migration, and Global Politics (professional)

Published by Edinburgh University Press, this book is new introduction to contemporary nationhood that sets it apart from national identity, nationalism and diversity

Fear and the Making of Foreign Policy: Europe and Beyond (professional)

Published by Edinburgh University Press, this is a book about conflicts and fears: how domestic reasons are drawing countries in Europe into international events.

Education (3)

University of Warsaw: PhD, Political Studies 1982

University of Sussex: M.A., Comparative Politics 1974

Université de Montréal: B.A., Political Science 1967

Affiliations (7)

  • American Association of University Professors
  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies
  • British Association for Slavic and East European Studies
  • Canadian Association of Slavists
  • European Consortium for Political Research
  • International Council for Central and East European Studies

Languages (6)

  • English
  • French
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Ukrainian