Framing the Questions: An Interview with Stephen Kotkin, conducted by Robert Cohen Stephen Kotkin is the John P. Birkelund Professor in History and International Aff airs and the Vice Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Aff airs at Princeton. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. He is the author of several books, including: Steeltown, USSR: Soviet Society in the Gorbachev Era (1993); Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization (1995); Armageddon Averted: Th e Soviet Collapse (2008); and Uncivil Society: 1989 and the Implosion of Communist Establishments, with a contribution by Jan Gross (2009). His edited and co-authored volumes include Mongolia in the 20th Century: Landlocked Cosmopolitan (with Bruce Elleman) (1999); Political Corruption in Transition: A Skeptic’s Handbook (with András Sajó) (2002); Th e Cultural Gradient: Th e Transmission of Ideas in Europe, 1789 – 1991 (with Catherine Evtuhov) (2003); Korea at the Center: Dynamics of Regionalism in Northeast Asia (with Charles Armstrong, Gil Rozman, and Sam Kim) (2005); and China’s Borders and Beijing’s Power: Twenty Neighbors in Asia (with Bruce Elleman and Clive Schofi eld) (2012). He served on the core editorial committee of World Politics from 2004 to 2010 and was a member of the editorial board at Princeton University Press from 2003 to 2007. He is currently writing a book on dictatorship and power entitled Stalin’s World.