How do non-democratic governments engage citizens in policy-making? Introducing ‘participatory authoritarianism’

Catherine Owen discusses her new article published in the October 2020 issue of BISA journal Review of International Studies. It explores the way in which Russian and Chinese governments have rearticulated global trends towards active citizenship and participatory governance, and integrated them into pre-existing illiberal political traditions. It is widely accepted that the transformation of public administration in democracies, away […]

Everyday Transnational Repression / CAPE 3.0 launch

Tue, 15 September 2020 16:00 – 17:30 BST https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/everyday-transnational-repression-cape-30-launch-tickets-117024911661 Speakers: Dr Fiona Adamson, Reader in International Relations at SOAS Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham Dr Marcus Michaelsen, Senior and Postdoctoral Researcher at LSTS Research Group Dr Dana Moss, Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame Professor John Heathershaw, University of Exeter […]

Two BISA webinars on internationalisation and fieldwork, 18/19 June 2020

Internationalisation and the challenge to academic freedom: between authoritarian control and the logic of the market 18 June 2020, 12pm BST, Zoom Chair: John Heathershaw (University of Exeter) Participants: Katarzyna Kaczmarska (University of Edinburgh), Catherine Owen (University of Exeter), Yeşim Yaprak Yıldız (Goldsmiths, University of London),  Bahar Baser (Coventry University), Stephen Wordsworth (Council for At-Risk Academics), Teng Biao (City University of New York As the ‘internationalisation’ of […]

The Kazakh Famine and its legacies: a conversation with leading Historians

The University of Exeter Central Asian Network (EXCAS) and the Oxford Society for the Caspian and Central Asia (TOSCCA) are pleased to be organising a webinar and discussion forum on the 1930-32 Kazakh Famine, in which the following participants will be discussing their research and publications: Prof. Zhulduzbek Abylkhozhin, Kazakh-British Technical University and Institute of […]

China’s Overseas Investments and the Coronavirus Crisis: Towards Benevolence or Profit?

This post originally appeared at https://pandemipolitics.net/uncategorized/owen The last week of March was a big day for economic news. While the IMF declared that the world economy was in a COVID-19 induced recession and Fitch credit rating agency downgraded the UK’s credit rating from AA to AA-, observers noted signs that the Chinese economy was beginning […]

A Tale of Two Recycling Initiatives: State, Society and Waste Management in St Petersburg and Shanghai

This article first appeared on the Foreign Policy Centre website at the following link:https://fpc.org.uk/a-tale-of-two-recycling-initiatives-state-society-and-waste-management-in-st-petersburg-and-shanghai/ Its 7pm on a summery evening in a typical Shanghai housing estate, and the public courtyards are bustling with people.  Residents of all ages descend from their apartments carrying bags of rubbish, neatly sorted into different categories, in order to throw […]

Transnational Politics of Central Asia and Beyond – 26 June, 2019

ESCAS 2019 Pre-Conference Workshop

ESCAS 2019 Pre-Conference Workshop Wednesday 26 June 2019 Upper Lounge at Reed Hall, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter This workshop is part of the Central Asian Political Exiles project and is organised by Saipira Furstenberg and John Heathershaw.  The concept note for the workshop is here: The Transnational Politics of Central Asia and beyond (PDF). […]

Russian organised crime and money laundering – tackling ‘Vory’ and Moneyland

PROJECT LAUNCH With Oliver Bullough and Mark Galeotti 5.30-7.00pm, Wednesday 27 February, 2019 Location: Amory 128 Russian and Eurasian organised crime has a rich history entwined with business and the state.  However, in the last 20 years the ‘vory’ appear to have gone global in their links to the country’s transnational business networks.  The links […]

Tajikistan: No Freedom beyond this point?

    Saipira Furstenberg and John Heathershaw offer reflections on their visit to the OSCE (HDIM) meeting in Warsaw, 2018.   On September 10, we visited Europe’s annual largest human rights and democracy conference, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) in Warsaw. HDIM is a two-week session, bringing together 57 OSCE participating states, and nongovernmental representatives, international […]

ESCAS 2019 pre-conference workshop, University of Exeter 26 June, 2019

      Applications now open for the ESCAS 2019 pre-conference workshop! University of Exeter  26th of June 2019   Call for Papers: Transnational Politics of Russia and Eurasia   This one-day ESCAS pre-conference workshop, hosted by Exeter Central Asian Studies, aims to discuss the relationship between Russian and Eurasian exiles and diaspora communities and […]

2018 Central Eurasian Studies Society Book Award shortlists

History and the Humanities Campbell, Ian W. 2017. Knowledge and the Ends of Empire: Kazak Intermediaries and Russian Rule on the Steppe, 1731-1917. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Levi, Scott Cameron. 2017. The Rise and Fall of Khoqand, 1709-1876: Central Asia in the Global Age. Central Eurasia in Context Series. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. […]

Preventing Transnational Repression, Protecting Human Rights Ideas for the Future?

Transnational repression takes place where authoritarian regimes repress former citizens beyond their borders and so outside of their sovereign territory. The Central Asian Political Exiles (CAPE) database documents this repression against political exiles that have fled from fear of persecution within the Central Asian states. The authorities of these countries may then track, target and […]