INST 355/POLS 369 The Politics of Eurasia
The course aspires to move us past our ignorance and stereotypes of the peoples and places of Central Asia and to begin to see them as political actors with dynamic cultures, economies and political systems.
We will explore the political, economic and social development of several countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia over time. What explains the various fates of the countries in this region? Political culture/history? Political agency (constructivism?)? Proximity to "the West" and diffusion of norms?