WiP: Geopolitical Stability and Conflict on Russia’s Periphery

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 4th talk of the Fall 2019 Works-in-Progress Series!

“The Central Eurasian Capacity Initiative: Assessing Threats to Geopolitical Stability and Conflict Along Russia’s Periphery”

By Erik Herron, West Virginia University

Date: October 23, 2019, at 18:30 pm
Venue: CRRC Georgia, 1 Liziko Kavtaradze st., 0179 Tbilisi, Georgia

The Central Eurasian State Capacity Initiative is a four-year project investigating state capacity to better understand how governments deliver essential services to citizens and what factors influence how citizens perceive this delivery. Project leaders Erik Herron (West Virginia University), Cynthia Buckley (University of Illinois), and Ralph Clem are engaged in a multi-method assessment of the ability of governments to control their territory, to deliver goods and services, and to create conditions that allow citizens to participate in the political process. Using case studies of Ukraine, Georgia, and Estonia, we seek to expand current approaches to state stability and resiliency. We seek to examine the possible contributions of education, health, and election access to the measurement of state capacity at the national and regional level, including a comparative assessment of trends in border regions across the three countries of our study. Insights gained will contribute to current approaches to the measurement, meaning, and utility of state capacity as a social science concept and inform issues of regional stability.

Erik Herron is the Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University. His research focuses on political institutions, especially elections. He has published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, and other journals, and three books. His forthcoming book, Normalizing Corruption: Failures of Accountability in Ukraine, is scheduled to be published in 2020. He is currently working on the Central Eurasian State Capacity Initiative with Cynthia Buckley (University of Illinois, USA) and Ralph Clem (Florida International University, USA), and a project about the effects of ballot design with Susumu Shikano (University of Konstanz, Germany).

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W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the CRRC office at 5 Chkhikvadze Str. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public. The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

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