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Melvyn Levitsky

Professor of International Policy and Practice
Levitsky serves as senior associate of the school's International Policy Center, and senior advisor to the Weiser Diplomacy Center. During his 35-year career as a U.S. diplomat, Levitsky was ambassador to Brazil from 1994-98 and held such senior positions as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters, ambassador to Bulgaria, deputy director of the Voice of America, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights.
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Levitsky says ambassadorship is president's prerogative

Nov 12, 2021 The Detroit News
A new bipartisan bill aims to ensure that political donors-turned-ambassadors are qualified for the job. Speaking to The Detroit News, Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky said, “There were some really embarrassing nominations during the previous...
News

Community conversation: Consequences of Afghanistan withdrawal

Sep 2, 2021
In one of the first community events of the academic year, 60 Ford School students and faculty gathered in the Betty Ford Classroom for a conversation about the situation in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces. Panelists...
In the Media

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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Ciorciari, Levitsky on Biden-Putin meeting

Jun 16, 2021
A group of state and national lawmakers urged President Biden to discuss the release of Paul Whelan, a Michigander currently being held in Russia, during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week. John Ciorciari, associate...
State & Hill

Faculty News spring 2021

Jun 10, 2021
Javed Ali has appeared recently in outlets such as 60 Minutes, ABC News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, NPR’s Morning Edition, and the Los Angeles Times. He’ll become an associate professor of practice at the Ford School this...
State & Hill

Love of country and school

Jun 10, 2021
By Maggie Barnard (MPP ‘21) When Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky joined the Ford School faculty in 2006, it was a homecoming. After graduating from Michigan in 1960, Levitsky spent 35 years overseas as a U.S. diplomat, serving as ambassador to...
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Ambassador Levitsky’s gift supports student internships

Feb 11, 2021
With a generous gift from Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky, a Professor of International Policy and Practice, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will establish the Joan Levitsky Internship Fund. The Fund, established in memory of Joan Levitsky,...
In the Media

Levitsky: Trouble is brewing in Putin's 2020 Russia

Sep 22, 2020 U.S. News & World Report
"A country that tries to control its population without having all the means of control, where the economic situation is not so good, where dependency on oil and natural gas is certainly coming down, particularly during this period of time,"...