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Speaker: Lucan Ahmad Way, Political Science, Munk School, “Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Causes and Consequences”

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September 7, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Talks for Fall 2022: Wednesdays at 10 am (in person at Faculty Club and on ZOOM)

Speaker: Lucan Ahmad Way, Political Science, Munk School
Title: “Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Causes and Consequences”
Introducer: Peter Hajnal

Abstract: In this lecture, Lucan Way will address a most timely topic in discussing the reasons for the Russian invasion, the Western reaction to it, and what is at stake for all.

Bio: Lucan Way is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and co-director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the study of Ukraine. His research focuses on global patterns of democracy and dictatorship.  His most recent book (with Steven Levitsky), Revolution and Dictatorship: The Violent Origins of Durable Authoritarianism (Princeton University Press) provides a comparative historical explanation for the extraordinary durability of autocracies (China, Cuba, USSR) born of violent social revolution. Way’s solo-authored book, Pluralism by Default: Weak Autocrats and the Rise of Competitive Politics (Johns Hopkins, 2015), examines the sources of political competition in the former Soviet Union.  He argues that pluralism in the developing world often emerges out of authoritarian weakness: governments are too fragmented and states too weak to monopolize political control.  His first book, Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (with Steven Levitsky), was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. Way’s work on competitive authoritarianism has been cited thousands of times and helped stimulate new and wide-ranging research into the dynamics of hybrid democratic-authoritarian rule.

The link to register is https://forms.office.com/r/DAX6s7mh19.

The deadline to register is the Monday before the event at noon. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.


September 7, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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