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Professor Arnold talks Russian politics at Lakeside Chautauqua

Associate Professor Dr. Richard Arnold provided insight on Russian politics and culture on July 18 as part of Lakeside Chautauqua Lecture Series. He gave two lectures, titled “Ethnic Violence in the Russian Federation” and “Russia & Sporting Mega-Events: A Quest for Sporting Glory?”

In his first lecture, Dr. Arnold explored the relationship between the racial war on the streets of Russian cities and the national politics of the country. His second lecture used Joseph Nye’s concept of “Soft Power” to argue how the two sporting events - the Olympics and World Cup - should be seen as part of a concerted strategy to improve Russia’s image around the world.

Dr. Arnold teaches classes on comparative politics and international relations. His classes include Russian politics and Russian foreign policy and he frequently co-authors conference presentations with students.

Last year he co-authored a presentation on the Cossack Congress in America, which he presented with student Dakotah Riddle at the Association for the Study of Nationalities at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Arnold was the 2015 recipient of Muskingum’s William Rainey Harper award for outstanding research.