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Levitsky says U.S.-Russia prisoner swap deal possible

Jul 28, 2022 Detroit News
The Biden administration has made an offer to Russia to swap a Russian prisoner in the U.S., convicted arms smuggler Viktor Bout, for two Americans currently being held in Moscow, Michigan's Paul Whelan and WNBA star Brittney Griner. Commenting...
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Griner guilty plea gives Russian negotiators an advantage - Levitsky

Jul 10, 2022 Arizona Republic
After WNBA star Brittney Griner's guilty plea in a Moscow court to possessing a small amount of hashish oil in Russia, the Biden administration is considering what its next steps could be to gain her release.  Ford School professor Melvyn...
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Levitsky comments on Russia-Ukraine prisoner swaps

Jun 27, 2022 USA Today
A major prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine took place earlier this week, but the prospects for several Americans held by Russia look bleak.  Ford School professor Melvyn Levitsky was quoted in an article in USA Today before the swap....
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Levitsky says new Russian prisoner exchange unlikely soon

Apr 28, 2022 The Detroit News
After one American was released from Russia in a prisoner exchange, another American—Paul Whelan from Michigan—remains in a Russian prison. Whelan's family expressed regret that he had not been included. Some have argued that more sanctions...
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Levitsky discusses Congress and foreign policy

Apr 25, 2022 Roll Call
Over the last few decades, the foreign policy power of Congress has deteriorated, leaving a question mark around the process of withdrawing from treaties. Melvyn Levitsky weighed in on the debate. “It’s a gray area because the Congress wants to...
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Russia Invasion of Ukraine Teach-Out features Ali and Levitsky

Mar 9, 2022
Ford School professors Javed Ali and Mel Levitsky are participating in a "Russian Invasion of Ukraine Teach-Out", created by the University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation and available through Michigan Online. The teach-out will be live...
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Ford School faculty discuss Russian invasion

Mar 5, 2022
As the invasion of Ukraine continues, media outlets turn to Ford School faculty for insight on the situation. This week, Ford School professors John Ciorciari, Melvyn Levitsky, and Javed Ali analyzed Russia’s intentions with the invasion, as well as...
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Ford School experts weigh in on Russian invasion of Ukraine

Feb 25, 2022
As the Russian military surrounded and began its assault on Ukraine, Melvyn Levitsky, professor of international policy and practice, and Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, lent their expertise to numerous media outlets to break down the...
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Russia-Ukraine: Ford School experts can discuss

Feb 24, 2022
Ford School experts can discuss Russia's full-scale attack on Ukraine and its implications on global politics, economics and the human scale. John Ciorciari is an associate professor of public policy and director of the Ford School of Public...
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Ambassador Levitsky on the Ukraine-Russia crisis: What to know

Feb 1, 2022
What is essential to know about the rising tensions in eastern Europe and the Ukraine-Russia crisis? Melvyn Levitsky, professor of international policy and practice at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, shares his insights....
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Levitsky comments on 'tense' diplomatic meeting in Brazil

Aug 31, 2021 BBC Brazil
Following a recent meeting between American and Brazilian diplomats that diverged into a discussion about democracy, Melvyn Levitsky discounted the threat of a potential military coup. "I knew the Brazilian military very well. And although I...
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Levitsky comments on possible post-election turmoil

Nov 2, 2020 CNN Brasil
"[Trump] will not accept his loss very gracefully. So if that happens, it depends on how far he is prepared to go, which could perhaps lead to violence. The best thing that could happen would be a complete landslide which he couldn't argue...

Levitsky predicts impeachment for Brazil’s Bolsonaro

May 14, 2020
Brazil’s Supreme Court on April 28 ordered an investigation of President Jair Bolsonaro after popular Justice Minister Sérgio Moro resigned and accused him of firing the country’s Federal Police chief in an attempt to interfere with investigations....

What's next for Afghanistan?

Aug 30, 2021, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT
Betty Ford Classroom, 1110 Weill Hall
Join Ford School faculty for a conversation about the situation in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces.