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Michael Kraus

European Politics, the Balkans and U.S. Foreign Policy

Frederick C. Dirks Professor of Political Science

 work(802) 443-5306


Topics he can discuss include:
  • Russian and East European Politics
  • The Balkans, including Kosovo and Yugoslavia
  • U.S. relations with Russia and Eastern/Central Europe
About Michael Kraus

Michael Kraus is a professor of political science at Middlebury College.

His areas of expertise include international politics, prospects for democracy around the world and U.S. foreign policy with regard to Russia and Eastern Europe.

He has been a consultant to the U.S. State Department's Bureau of European Affairs and Booz Allen Hamilton. He has also been a commentator and consultant to NBC News, Czech Television, Radio Newsweek, Voice of America and National Public Radio. For the past decade, he has been a regular contributor to BBC World Service (Prague).

His personal account of his flight from Prague as a refugee during the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 was published on the Open Society Foundations website. He is the author of "Irreconcilable Differences? Explaining Czechoslovakia's Dissolution," "Russian and Eastern Europe After Communism: The Search for New Political, Economic, and Security Systems," "Perestroika and East-West Economic Relations: Prospects for the 1990s" and many articles in the Journal of Democracy, Current History, Foreign Policy and Politique Internationale.