Carlisle, a faculty member since 1968, was a specialist in Eastern European studies who served as associate director of the Russian and East European Center at Boston College. He was also executive director of the Balkan Studies Institute in Boston and a fellow at the Russian Research Center of Harvard University.
He traveled widely in the former Soviet republics as a consultant to the United Nations Development Program. In 1995 he was invited by the president of Uzbekistan to meet with advisors and speak at the Strategic Studies Center in the city of Tashkent.
In addition to his classroom work at BC, he lectured to a class of senior Russian army officers at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 1993, and briefed US Ambassador-at-Large James Collins on the eve of a trip to Central Asia in 1994.
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