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Russell Lucas - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Russell Lucas Russell Lucas

Associate Professor and Director | Michigan State University


Expert in U.S.-Middle East relations




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Russell Lucas is co-director of the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities program and an Associate Professor of Arab Studies at Michigan State University. He teaches classes for James Madison College on comparative foreign policy and Middle East politics. His research specializes on Middle Eastern politics and culture with attention to democratization, public opinion, the media, and foreign policy. His book, Institutions and the Politics of Survival in Jordan: Domestic Responses to External Challenges, 1988-2001 was published by SUNY Press. He has also published articles in a range of journals including: Journal of Democracy, International Studies Quarterly, International Journal of Middle East Studies, and the Middle East Journal. He is currently writing a new book on the politics of Arab monarchies. He has previously taught at Florida International University and at the University of Oklahoma.

Industry Expertise (6)

Research Writing and Editing Education/Learning International Affairs Program Development Public Policy

Areas of Expertise (7)

Democratization Saudi Arabia Public Opinion Middle East Politics Foreign Policy Jordan Syria

Education (3)

Georgetown University: Ph.D., Comparative Government 2000

University of Michigan - Rackham Graduate School: M.A., Modern Middle East and North African Studies 1994

University of Michigan: B.A., Political Science and Government 1992

Affiliations (1)

  • An expert in all countries within the Gulf Cooperation Council – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman

News (3)

Arms And Influence In The Khashoggi Affair

The Conversation  online


President Donald Trump’s reaction to the disappearance and death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul reveals important details about the declining influence of U.S. in the Middle East.

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MSU Experts Can Discuss Election Issues

MSU Today  online


Russell Lucas, director of MSU’s Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities and associate professor of Arab studies, is an expert on U.S.-Middle East relations and Arabic culture. He can comment on the differences between candidates in regards to the United States’ involvement in Middle Eastern affairs as well as on how those positions are viewed by different groups in the Middle East...

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Faculty Conversations: Russell Lucas

MSU Today  


As much as he enjoyed his experiences abroad, there really is no place like home for Russell Lucas.

“It’s great to be back in Michigan and working at MSU,” said Lucas, director of the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities Program. “I really am appreciative of being able to do that.”

Lucas, a Michigan native, has been working at MSU for two years. He spent the previous 20 years in places such as Washington D.C., Jerusalem and Kuwait, and he draws from those experiences to teach classes...

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Journal Articles (5)

Monarchical authoritarianism: survival and political liberalization in a middle eastern regime type International Journal of Middle East Studies


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Arab Muslim attitudes toward the West: Cultural, social, and political explanations International Interactions


We utilize pooled data from Zogby International's 2002 Zogby, James. 2002. What Arabs Think: Values Beliefs and Concerns, Utica NY: Zogby International. Arab Values Survey (carried out in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and UAE) in order to test for “cultural,” “social” and/or international “political” influences on Arab Muslim attitudes toward “Western” countries (Canada, France, Germany, UK, and USA). We find little support for “cultural” hypotheses to the effect that hostility to the West is a mark-up on Muslim and/or Arab identity. We find only limited support for “social” hypotheses that suggest that hostility to the West is predicted by socioeconomic deprivation, youth, and/or being male. We find the strongest support for a lone “political” hypothesis: hostility toward specific Western countries is predicted by those countries' recent and visible international political actions in regard to salient international issues (e.g., Western foreign policies toward Palestine).

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Determinants of Arab public opinion on foreign relations International Studies Quarterly


Using Zogby International polling data from seven different Arab nations (Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) this paper offers a societal-level quantitative analysis (N=91 dyads) of the determinants of Arab public opinion toward 13 different non-Arab countries (Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States)...

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Jordan: the death of normalization with Israel The Middle East Journal


Many would count Jordanian-Israeli normalization among the victims of the new intifada. Three factors, however, had brought about the death of normalization in Jordan well before October 2000: Israeli intransigence, a regime crackdown on the opposition, and the failure of economic benefits to buy popular support. King Abdullah has inherited a situation where he has turned towards the US rather than Israel as his major foreign policy partner.

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Deliberalization in Jordan Journal of Democracy


In 1989, with the first Palestinian intifada (uprising) raging just across the Jordan River in the West Bank, domestic discontent spilling into his own streets, and his country's finances in tatters, Jordan's King Hussein (r. 1953-99) began taking a series of extraordinary steps toward political opening. He ended repression, called new elections to replace the National Assembly that he had dissolved in 1988, and forged a national pact that put Jordan at the forefront of liberalization in the Arab world. As the late king's son and designated successor Abdallah II faces a similar situation more than a decade later, however, the regime is nearing the completion of a full circle back to martial law...

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