Thu, Feb 14, 2013: Competing Visions of Democracy in the Post-Soviet Space

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Join us for a free public lecture at 7-9pm on February 14th, 2013 in Room 144 (east end of the building on the ground floor) at University College, 15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON by:

Seva Gunitsky, Asst. Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto


Competing Visions of Democracy in the Post-Soviet Space


Seva Gunitsky’s research examines the role of the international system in domestic transformations. He is particularly interested in how external forces like wars, sanctions, economic crises, and cross-border diffusion shape institutional change within countries. Seva was born in Russia and received his PhD from Columbia University.

RESEARCH INTERESTS – external sources of domestic reforms – causes of democratic waves – institutional diffusion – Russian foreign policy – hegemonic transitions & great power rivalries – international relations theory


“Competing Visions of Democracy Measures in the Former Soviet Republics” in Alex Cooley and Jack Snyder, eds., Ranking the World: The Emerging Politics of International Ratings and Rankings (forthcoming 2012)

“Security Dilemma” in Keith Dowding, ed., The Encyclopedia of Power, Sage Press 2011

“Bandwagoning”, “Brinkmanship”, and “Power Transition Theory” in George Kurian, ed., The Encyclopedia of Political Science, CQ Press 2011

Review of “The Right to Rule: How States Win and Lose Legitimacy” by Bruce Gilley, Political Science Quarterly 125.1, Spring 2010, p. 163-165. See here for a longer version.

“On Thin Ice: Water Rights and Resource Disputes in the Arctic Ocean”, Journal of International Affairs 61.2, Spring 2008, p. 261-271

Review of “Insurance Against Poverty” by Stefan Dercon, ed., Journal of International Affairs 59.2, Spring 2006, p. 347-350

“From Guns to Briefcases: The Evolution of Russian Organized Crime”, World Policy Journal 21.1, Spring 2004, p.68-74

“The Lessons of Chechnya in Iraq: A Realist Approach to Civilian Warfare”, National Interest Online, November 19, 2003

About this lecture series
Click here for the poster
Click here for videos from previous lectures

Co-Sponsored by University College Health Studies Programme, Canadian Pugwash Group, Science for Peace and Voice of Women for Peace.

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