Soon after arriving in College Park, MD, for his fellowship earlier this fall, Oleg Krivolapov sat down with CISSM to discuss his background and goals for his visit.
What attracted you to the ISKRAN Visiting Scholar Program at CISSM?
I think the ISKRAN Visiting Scholar Program at CISSM is a good opportunity for me to take part in discussions about problems of international security. I was at CISSM as part of a week-long ISKRAN scholar visit in spring 2017. It was a great experience for me to discuss international security problems with School of Public Policy students and to attend lectures by school faculty. During that visit I worked with my American peers to begin thinking about how to design a new U.S.-Russian strategic arms reduction treaty. It was very productive work.
Tell us about your educational and professional background?
I am a junior researcher at the Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISKRAN). I studied history in Novosibirsk State University. The theme of my graduation paper was about missile defense problems and I came to ISKRAN to research this topic more closely.
What are your current research interests?
I’ve nearly completed my Ph.D. work on U.S. missile defense policy. I’m also interested in issues of regional security. These problems are getting more and more interconnected because of the development of regional missile defense systems. Both of these issues need to be deeply researched in order to find ways of maintaining not only regional stability, but also strategic stability.
What do you hope to achieve during your time here?
I would like to learn more about American scholars’ approaches to international problems. This would help me in my doctoral and post-doctoral studies. Taking part in discussions with CISSM scholars and students about problems of international security will also help.
I would also like to contribute to Americans’ understanding of the Russian part of of U.S.-Russian cooperation. Cooperation between the two countries is still possible; neither actually wants armed conflict. But we need to work to find ways of cooperation that limit misunderstanding and misinterpretation.