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Dr Artemy Kalinovsky

ArtemyKallinovskyDr Artemy Kalinovsky is Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS. He is author of A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011). His current research is on Soviet modernization projects in Central Asia.




Areas of Expertise

  • Russian/Soviet History
  • Afghanistan
  • Cold War History

Recent Publications

  • A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011) 
  • The End of the Cold War and the Third World (London: Routledge, December 2010), co-editor with Sergey Radchenko.
  • "Soviet Decision-making during the War in Afghanistan, from Intervention to Withdrawal." Journal of Cold War Studies (Fall 2009)
  • "Politics, Diplomacy and the Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan: From National Reconciliation to the Geneva Accords," Cold War History 8:3 (August 2008), 381-404


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  • Leaving Afghanistan by Dr Artemy Kalinovsky
    LSE IDEAS Visiting Fellow, Dr Artemy Kalinovsky, published an article in Open Democracy for the 25th anniversary of the Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan.
  • Obama's Russian lessons: How the Soviets withdrew from ...
    CWSP Associate Artemy Kalinovsky's latest piece on the continuing repercussions of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in the Washington Post.
  • How the Afghanistan War Dealt its Blow to the Soviet Empire - Artemy Kalinovsky
    In an interview with New American Media, author Artemy Kalinovsky discusses his new book, A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan and the real reasons behind the fall of the Soviet Empire and Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • New Issue of IDEAS Today
    IDEAS' region-by-region review of international affairs over the last twelve months features IDEAS Philippe Roman Chair Professor Niall Ferguson disucssing the nature of global trends.
  • A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan
    The conflict in Afghanistan looms large in the collective consciousness of Americans. What has the United States achieved, and how will it withdrawal without sacrificing those gains? Dr Kalinovsky's A Long Goodbye is the first comprehensive account of the Soviet Withdrawl in Afghanistan.
  • Afghanistan: more echoes of the Soviet experience
    Artemy Kalinovsky on the changing strategy in Afghanistan
  • The Wall: On the Supposedly Sensational Documents from the Gorbachev Archive
    Artemy Kalinovsky discusses Pavel Stroilov, who claims to be sitting on a treasure trove of archival documents from the Gorbachev federation, which he stole by manipulating the computer system there. He claims, further, that these documents have been unavailable to other researchers, and that they reveal a dark side to Gorbachev.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: Soviet Advisors, Counter-Insurgency and Nation-Building in Afghanistan
    The Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) published working paper #60 by Dr Artemy Kalinovsky. ‘...Soviet leaders believed that they needed to undertake a nation-building project in order to stabilize the country and bring their troops home. Nation building in this context involved developing a successful governing party, extending the reach of the party and the government into rural zones throughout the country, and providing material incentives...'
  • Simply Press the Button? The Reality of Resetting with Russia
    Dr Artemy Kalinovsky analyzes the Obama Administration's policy towards Russia in "Simply Press the Button? The Reality of Resetting with Russia." The article can be found in the latest IDEAS Special Report, Obama Nation? US Foreign Policy One Year On".
  • Obama Nation? US Foreign Policy One Year On
    January 2010: To mark one year since the inauguration of President Barack Obama, this Special Report brings together distinguished authors from the LSE and beyond to discuss how successfully the United States has reconfigured its foreign policy in the past year. Obama came to office facing a daunting array of specific policy challenges which were compounded by the twin overriding objectives to repudiate the Bush years and restore American legitimacy whilst focusing on economic renewal in the wake of the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression. The picture of his first year in office is one of mixed success but of striking ambition.
  • Obama and Afghanistan: Lessons from the Last War
    Artemy Kalinovsky: If President-elect Obama makes good on his campaign promise to withdraw troops from Iraq, it would be a serious mistake to ship them to Afghanistan. The situation there requires a more comprehensive approach that emphasizes politics and diplomacy. Mr. Obama could do worse than to draw some lessons from the Soviet effort to find a political solution in the late 1980s.