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Sunday, October 15, 2017

ASEEES Announces Winner of 2017 Marshall Shulman Book Prize

ASEEES announced the winner of the 2017 Marshall Shulman Book Prize, awarded for an outstanding monograph dealing with international relations, foreign policy, or foreign-policy decision-making of any of the states of the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe. This year's prize winner is Juliet Johnson for her book, Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World (Cornell University Press). Honorable mention was given to Agnia Grigas for her Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire (Yale University Press). 

The jury this year was chaired by Alexander Cooley, Director of the Harriman Institute. The award will be presented at the ASEEES annual convention in Chicago, on November 11, 2017.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Harriman Alumni on 2017 ASEEES Prize List

Sergei Antonov, former Harriman Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-13), now Assistant Professor in the Yale University History Department, Benjamin Peters (Communications, 2010), now Associate Professor at the University of Tulsa, and David Szakonyi (Political Science, 2016), now Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University, are among the 2017 prize winners announced by ASEEES. Antonov received the Ed A. Hewitt Prize for outstanding publication on the political economy of Russia for his book Bankrupts and Usurers of Imperial Russia: Debt, Property, and the Law in the Age of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy (Harvard University Press, 2017); Peters received the Wayne S. Vucinich Prize for his How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet (MIT Press, 2106); Szakonyi won the Robert C. Tucker/Stephen F. Cohen Dissertation Prize for his dissertation, “Renting Elected Office: Why Businesspeople Become Politicians in Russia." The prizes will be awarded at the annual convention in Chicago on November 11, 2017.

You will find the complete prize list here. 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Expert Opinions Episode 3: Looking at Luxury Real Estate’s Money Laundering Role

In this episode of our podcast on EurasiaNet, Masha Udensiva-Brenner sits down with Harriman Institute Director Alexander Cooley to discuss his recent book, Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia, co-authored by John Heathershaw. The book challenges popular assumptions about Central Asia, and provides context on President Donald Trump’s stance toward the formerly Soviet states, highlighting how luxury real estate can enable money laundering. 

Cooley and Heathershaw published Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia (Yale University Press) last March. The book disputes the notion that Central Asia is an isolated region with little influence over global affairs, and argues that Central Asia’s transnational presence is in fact sizable and should not be ignored. The region’s economic role, however, is shadowy — obscured by thickets of foreign bank accounts, third-party brokers, and shell companies. And these activities are facilitated by Western actors who both wittingly and unwittingly partake in money laundering schemes and bribery.
Since the book’s publication, the Trump Organization’s financial entanglements in the former Soviet space have helped draw attention to the intricate offshore networks of Central Asian elites, and characters like the dissident Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov — one of the four case studies in Cooley’s and Heathershaw’s book.
Udensiva-Brenner’s interview with Cooley is the first in a three-part series on offshore finance, money laundering, and Trump’s real estate deals in the post-Soviet region. In the second and third parts of the series, Udensiva-Brenner will speak with Columbia School of Journalism Investigative Fellows Manuela Andreoni and Inti Pacheco, and New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson.
Alexander Cooley is the Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College and director of Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. His recent books include Ranking the World: Grading States as a Tool of Global Governance (Cambridge University Press 2015), co-edited with Jack Snyder of Columbia University, and Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest for Central Asia (Oxford University Press 2012)

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Timothy Frye: "Russian Studies is Thriving, not Dying"

Timothy M. Frye, Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy, Chair of Columbia's Department of Political Science, dismisses the commonly held perception that the number of Russian experts is dwindling, pointing to the increasing number of articles about Russia published in top political science journals. Read his article in the National Interest.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Jack Snyder Is Co-editor of "Human Rights Futures"

Jack Snyder (Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations) is co-editor, with Stephen Hopgood and Leslie Vinjamuri, of Human Rights Futures, published in August 2017 by Cambridge University Press. 
From the Publisher's Website:
For the first time in one collected volume, mainstream and critical human rights scholars together examine the empirical and normative debates around the future of human rights. They ask what makes human rights effective, what strategies will enhance the chances of compliance, what blocks progress, and whether the hope for human rights is entirely misplaced in a rapidly transforming world. Human Rights Futures sees the world as at a crucial juncture. The project for globalizing rights will either continue to be embedded or will fall backward into a maelstrom of nationalist backlash, religious resurgence and faltering Western power. Each chapter talks directly to the others in an interactive dialogue, providing a theoretical and methodological framework for a clear research agenda for the next decade. Scholars, graduate students and practitioners of political science, history, sociology, law and development will find much to both challenge and provoke them in this innovative book.