Prof. Jeremy Smith explores the Russian History and Politics, at the Karelian Institute and the VERA Centre for Russian and Border Studies at the University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu Campus). He is a historian who has conducted extensive research and published on the non-Russian nationalities of the Soviet Union. Most of his primary research is based on work in archives of Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. His latest book is a major monograph on nationality issues in the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet states, Red Nations: the Nationalities Experience in and after the USSR (Cambridge University Press, 2013). In recent years he has directed projects on the political and social dimensions of the Soviet Union in the Khrushchev years, on the European Union and Central Asia, on nationalism in Georgia after Stalin’s death, and an ongoing project in contemporary history, looking at the transformation of Soviet republic borders into international borders. His current research focusses on the break-up of the Soviet Union as an extended process from 1989 to 1995. The work focusses on the influences on and overlaps between alternative visions for the organization of Soviet and post-Soviet space. This research is carried out with an eye to comparative findings derived from collaboration with scholars examining the demise of other empires. He also now leads a consortium of Nordic universities engaged in research on the local impacts of changing international borders. Jeremy Smith is a member of the board of the Finnish Association for Russian and East European Studies and the Executive Committee of the International Congress for Central and East European Studies.