Nikolay Koposov

is a historian of modern Europe and an internationally recognized authority on the comparative politics of memory, especially in his native Russia, where he taught for three decades. Currently, he is a Visiting Distinguished Professor at the School of History, Technology and Society, Ivan Allen College in Atlanta, Georgia. He also was the founder and dean of the first liberal arts college in Russia.

His recent work has mainly focused on comparative politics of the past and the memory wars in Eastern Europe, including in Ukraine. His book Memory Laws, Memory Wars: The Politics of the Past in Europe and Russia (2018) has been published by Cambridge University Press.


Cover for: Nobody knows what Russians want. Not even Russians themselves.

Nobody knows what Russians want. Not even Russians themselves.

Can a kleptocracy have national interests?

Russia has no national interests, not even in Ukraine. Russians are denied subjectivity, the means of making rational and responsible decisions. Instead, they have state-sanctioned propaganda, rigged elections, pretend patriotism and a profoundly inhuman leadership.

Cover for: Back to Yalta?

Back to Yalta?

Stephen Cohen and the Ukrainian crisis

International instability seems to increase with every passing day of the Ukrainian crisis, ushering in a new era of international relations. Slamming Russian studies scholar Stephen Cohen for misrepresenting the crisis, Nikolay Koposov urges the West to devise a completely new way of dealing with Russia.

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