Istanbul - Bridge over the Bosphorus

Black Sea Cruise

Oct 4 - 18, 2014 (Call to Inquire)
Explore historic sites along the shores of the Black Sea aboard the 380-guest Aegean Odyssey
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Alexander J. Motyl
Oct 4 - 18, 2014
Smithsonian Study Leader Alexander J. Motyl is professor of political science at Rutgers University-Newark. While at Columbia University, he directed a program on Soviet nationality studies in 1988-92 and served as associate director of the W. Averill Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union in 1992-98, where he established an exchange program with Istanbul's Bogazici University and organized conferences on Black Sea economic development. As deputy director of the Rutgers Division of Global Affairs in 1999-2008, he supervised the program's Turkish PhD students. A specialist on Ukraine, Russia, Eastern Europe, and the nations and nationalities of the USSR (including Georgia), he is the author of six academic books and seven novels (all dealing with the region) and the editor of over fifteen volumes. Since 1995, he has served as senior academic advisor to Freedom House's Nations in Transit project, which tracks political change in all the post-Communist states, including Russia, Ukraine, and Bulgaria. He has also served as advisory board member of the Turkey-based journals, International Journal of Russian Studies and Bogazici Journal. Motyl's poetry has been published in the Istanbul Literary Review. He is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian. He first visited Eastern Europe, the USSR, and Turkey as a student in 1976; he travels to the region regularly and spent two weeks on a Fulbright travel fellowship at Bogazici University in 1995. His weekly blog on "Ukraine's Orange Blues" appears on