Events Calendar

Jun
7
Thu
2012
USAID Experience with Legislative Strengthening in the Former Soviet Union @ Voesar Conference Room
Jun 7 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
USAID Experience with Legislative Strengthening in the Former Soviet Union @ Voesar Conference Room
With 
Dr. Eric Rudenshiold, Senior Officer in Charge of Kyrgyzstan and the Central Asian Republics at USAID
Kregg Halstead, Chief of Party of USAIDs “Kyrgyzstan Parliamentary Strengthening Program” being implemented by DAI
 
Moderated by
Dr. Sean Roberts, Director and Associate Professor, International Development Studies Program, The Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University
In the two decades since the fall of the Soviet Union and the emergence of independent states on Russia’s periphery, USAID has led the effort to help parliaments in these countries become more effective in passing meaningful legislation, more engaged with citizens, and more independent of the executive branch. This panel will be a discussion of those efforts, with both a comparative regional overview and a more focused look at recent work with Kyrgyzstan’s Jogorku Kenesh.
Dr. Eric Rudenshiold, the Senior Officer in Charge for Kyrgyzstan and the Central Asian Republics at USAID, has been instrumental in the design and implementation of USAID’s work with legislative institutions in Central Asia, the Caucuses and elsewhere in the region, and will speak on the challenges and successes in those efforts.   
Kregg Halstead is the Chief of Party of USAID’s “Kyrgyzstan Parliamentary StrengtheningProgram” being implemented by DAI, and has worked on legislative strengthening, human rights and rule of law programs in the former Soviet Union for almost 20 years.   
Dr. Sean Roberts is a noted expert on issues of democracy and governance in Central Asia. Between 1998 and 2006 he spent six years in the region designing and managing USAID programs on democracy,  civil society and legislative assistance.
Sep
25
Tue
2012
Debating “Patronal Politics in Central Asia:” A Demokratizatsiya Special Issue  @ Lindner Commons
Sep 25 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Debating “Patronal Politics in Central Asia:” A Demokratizatsiya Special Issue  @ Lindner Commons

with

Slovomir Horak, Charles University

Marlène Laruelle, IERES
Erica Marat, American University
Lawrence Markowitz, Rowan University
and Sébastien Peyrouse, IERES
The Fall 2012 issue of IERES’ Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization examines the role of patronal politics in Central Asia. An introductory essay about the concepts of neopatrimonialism and patronal presidentialism lays out the theoretical background for the issue.Five country-study articles then describe the dynamics of each society, while also discussing the different aspects that comprise patronal regimes in the region. At this presentation, four of the contributors will discuss their articles and the current situation in Central Asia.