Book Talk — Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia, by Alexander Cooley and John Heathershaw

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join us for a talk with Alexander Cooley, Director, Harriman Institute; Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, on his new book, Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia (Yale University Press, 2017), co-authored with John Heathershaw. Moderated by Timothy Frye, Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy, and former director of the Harriman Institute.

Based on years of research and involvement in the region, Alexander Cooley and John Heathershaw reveal how business networks, elite bank accounts, overseas courts, third-party brokers, and Western lawyers connect Central Asia’s supposedly isolated leaders with global power centers. The authors also uncover widespread Western participation in money laundering, bribery, foreign lobbying by autocratic governments, and the exploiting of legal loopholes within Central Asia. Riveting and important, this book exposes the global connections of a troubled region that must no longer be ignored. (Read more about the book here.)

Alexander Cooley is the author or co-author of six books, including Logics of Hierarchy:The Organization of Empires, States and Military Occupations (Cornell University Press 2005); Base Politics: Democratic Change and the U.S. Military Overseas; and Contracting States: Sovereign Transfers in International Relations, co-authored with Hendrik Spruyt. He also co-edited, with Jack Snyder, Ranking the World: Grading States as a Tool of Global Governance (Cambridge 2015).

Cooley's 2012 book on the emerging multipolar politics of Central Asia, Great Games, Local Rules: the New Great Power Contest for Central Asia, was published by Oxford University Press. It received an Honorable Mention from the Central Eurasian Studies Society and was described by Asia Policy as "possibly the most cogent critique of post-Cold War orthodoxy published to date."