This event occurred on March 8, 2011
This event explores the wider experience of countries that are attempting democratic transitions, including the "color revolutions" in Eastern Europe and the comparable events in other parts of the Islamic world.
TIMOTHY FRYE: "The Color Revolutions in Eurasia"
Timothy Frye (Ph.D. Columbia University, 1997) is a professor of political science at Columbia University and a member of the Harriman Institute. Professor Frye received a B.A. in Russian language and literature from Middlebury College, an M.I.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Ph.D. also from Columbia University in 1997. His research and teaching interests are in comparative politics and political economy with a focus on the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He is the author of Brokers and Bureaucrats: Building Markets in Russia, (Michigan Press 2000), which won the 2001 Hewett Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and Incredible Transformation: Building States and Markets after Communism (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press). He is currently working on a book manuscript, Property Rights and Property Wrongs: What Russia Teaches Us About the Rule of Law. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
MIRJAM KuNKLER: "Comparative Reflections from Indonesia"
Political Scientist Mirjam Künkler joined the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University in 2007. Her research interests are in comparative politics and political theory and focus on comparative relations between religion and state in the Muslim world. She is currently working on a book that analyzes the impact of contemporary Islamic thought and social movement activism on the transformation of authoritarian rule in Iran (1989-2005) and Indonesia (1974-1998).
Of broader comparative interest to her are questions about
1. Comparative Relations between Religion and State in the Muslim World – a project funded by Princeton University’s Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.
2. Female Religious Authority in 20th century Iran – a project undertaken together with Roja Fazaeli and funded by the British Academy and British Institute for Persian Studies.
3. Religious Parties in the Muslim world – a three-year research project she is undertaking together with Güneş Murat Tezcür, funded by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
Künkler was a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Social Science, University of Tehran, Iran, in the summer of 2002 and fall semester of 2003 and a visiting researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta, Indonesia, in the summer and fall semester of 2005 and parts of the spring semester of 2006.
Before joining Princeton, Künkler served as the Deputy Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion (CDTR) at Columbia University, under the directorship of Alfred Stepan.
Künkler is the Trustee for Princeton University to the American Institute for Iranian Studies (AIIrS) and a Member of the Board of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS). She is co-PI of the "Iran Social Science Data Project" funded by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).
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