David Lektzian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at TexasTechUniversity. His research interests are focused on the use of economic sanctions. His articles appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, etc. David Lektzian spent 2014 spring semester at the Institute for International Relations and Political Science (Vilnius) where he was teaching a course on trade, conflict, and economic statecraft.
The Ukraine crisis has ended the period in Russian-Western relations that began with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and has opened a new period of heightened rivalry, even confrontation, between former Cold War adversaries.