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In Memoriam: Uri Ra’anan

The Fletcher School is saddened by the news of former Professor of International Politics Uri Ra’anan’s passing.

Professor Ra’anan had a distinguished career at Fletcher for more than two decades. Among his many accomplishments, he developed and led The International Security Studies Program (ISSP). Established in 1971, Fletcher’s ISSP was one of the first graduate programs at a public or private American university dedicated to teaching and research on a broad range of international security issues. Professor Ra’anan’s mission is carried on to this day in the ISSP, as it continues to prepare students to anticipate and manage global security, defense, conflict, and conflict resolution issues.

During his tenure at Fletcher, he prepared eighteen books, including several with Fletcher colleague such as: US-Soviet Doctrines and Technologies: Global and Regional Implications (1987) with Professor Richard Shultz and Professor Robert Pfaltzgraff and Hydra of Carnage: The International Linkages of Terrorism (1985) with Professor Robert Pfaltzgraff.

Professor Ra’anan went on to teach at Boston University in 1988, where he remained until his retirement in 2010. During his time there, he developed the Department of International Relations, and focused his research on the reassertion of Russian power in the post-Soviet arena.

We keep Professor Ra’anan’s family in our thoughts and mourn the loss of a member of the Fletcher community.

This piece was republished by the Fletcher School.

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