A panel discussion with Robert English, USC, Daniel Treisman, UCLA, and Edward Walker, UC Berkeley.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Robert English is Associate Professor of International Relations in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. Before USC, Professor English worked as a policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense and the Committee for National Security. He studies Russia, the former USSR, and Eastern Europe, with a focus ranging from general issues of regional relations to specific questions of ethnicity, identity, and nationalism. He is presently working on a book-length study entitled "Our Serbian Brethren: History, Myth, and the Politics of Russian National Identity." He is a recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Marshal Shulman Prize in 2001 and Harold D. Lasswell Prize in 1996.
Edward Walker is Executive Director of the Berkeley Program in Eurasian and East European Studies and Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Walker’s research has focused on the relationship between beliefs and institutions in the Soviet Union and its successor states, and more broadly on the influence of normative ideas and mythologies on institutional change. He is the author of Dissolution: Sovereignty and the Breakup of the Soviet Union (2003), as well as articles on Islam and Islamism in post-Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus.
PANELIST AND MODERATOR: Daniel Treisman is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He studies Russian politics, the political economy of development, democratic transitions, and political corruption. His book, After the Deluge: Regional Crises and Political Consolidation in Russia (Michigan) demonstrated how Moscow's policy of fiscally appeasing crisis-prone regions helped Russia avoid disintegration. Dr. Treisman teaches about the political and economic systems of Eastern Europe and the political economy of reform. His students study topics in stabilization, privatization, nationalism, ethnicity, corruption, and growth. He has been National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, and has received fellowships from the Smith Richardson Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and German Marshall Fund of the US. Professor Treisman will also be moderating this event.