Presentations

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  • 2011 20-22 Sept          ‘Threading a needle? Kazakhstan between civic and ethno-nationalist state-building?,  (co-authored with Rob Kevlihan) paper delivered at the12th Biennial Conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS), Cambridge University
  • 2011 24-27 August      “Civil society, international aid, and the state: is there a pattern in democratic transformations?”  (co-authored with Abel Polese) paper delivered at the European Consortium of Political Science Research (ECPR), Reykjavik Iceland
  • 2011 24-27 August      Discussant of the panel “Civil society, international aid and the state”, ECPR,  Reykjavik Iceland
  • 2011 14-16 April         “Violent Secession: Evidence from the Former Soviet Union” (panel discussant) at 16th Annual ASN World Convention“Charting the Nation between State and Society”, Columbia University, New York
  • 2011 26 January          “Kyrgyzstan 2005 and 2010: A comparative analysis of regime collapse”, presentation made to Inaugural meeting of 2011 Works in Progress Series sponsored by the Caucasus Research Resource Centres (CRRC) and the American Councils for International Education, Tbilisi, Georgia.
  • 2010 13-15 Dec           “Potemkin Democracies: Elections in Authoritarian Regimes” at the first international seminar “Democratization and Cultural Diversity: Contestation and Consensus in EU and India” hosted by the Centre for Comparative European Union Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Chennai, India.
  • 2010 2-3 Dec               “Electoral Politics in Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh” paper delivered at“Conflict as an Instrument in the Internal Political Struggles Secession Crises in the Post-Soviet Area” Humboldt University, Berlin
  • 2010 1 Dec                  “EU Mediation in Georgian Conflicts”, paper presented at international conference entitled “The Role of the EU in International Peace Mediation”  (funded by IRCHSS), Dublin City University.
  • 2010 25 November      “Revolution Reloaded? Kyrgyzstan’s crisis and its parliamentary exit strategy” presentation made to the CRRC-Azerbaijan, Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 2010 19-21 Nov          Hidden Nations, Enduring Crimes: The North Caucasus Between Past and Future conference, Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel / Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia (participant invited by Georgian government)
  • 2010 10 Nov               DCU MA Seminar Series Politics in the former USSR: Post-Soviet or Neo-Soviet?, Dublin City University, Ireland.
  • 2010 1 November         ‘A Tale of Two Revolutions: Kyrgyzstan 2005 and 2010’ presentation made to the Centre for a Wider Europe, Maynooth University, Ireland
  • 2010 4 October            ‘The composition and role of constitutions in new states’, presentation made to the American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • 2010 22-24 Sept          “Political Parties and Elections: European Theory and Central Asian Practice”, presentation made at Ala-Tau as part of international workshops organised by the OSCE to coordinate research of young scholars from throughout Central Asia (for which I was an academic advisor).
  • 2010 16 Sept               ‘Post-Soviet Fraudulent Elections and the Colour Revolutionary Response’, presentation made to the Georgian Institute of Public Administration, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 2010 4-10 July            International Summer School “Approaches to Post-Soviet Transformation” Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine (funded by the embassy of France, Ukraine, invited discussant and participant)
  • 2010 21-25 June                      “What are the causes of persistent upheavals in Kyrgyzstan since 2005? Presentation made to seminar series entitled to “Modern Challenges to Security in Central Asia”  organised by the OSCE, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 2010 27-28 May          Dynamics of Domestic Politics in Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh, paper delivered at ‘After the Melting of Frozen Conflicts: Systemic Transformations and Legitimation of Secessionist Bids’, international workshops, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • 2010 23-24 April         ‘Rose-tinted glasses: the impact of the colour revolutions on Western-Caucasus relations’, paper delivered at ‘Encounters between the Caucasus and the West: Image and reality’, University of Amsterdam.
  • 2010 15-17 April         ‘Dynamics of Electoral Politics in Abkhazia’, paper delivered at 15th Annual ASN (Association for the Study of Nationalities) World Convention Nations and States: on the map and in the mind, Columbia University, New York
  • 2009 28 Jun- 11 Jul     Summer Institute “Enlargement and Beyond: The Process of EU and NATO Accession and Its Impact on Europe’s Security Architecture” 2009 Jean Monnet Advanced Study Institute, Yalta, Ukraine
  • 2009 6-9 May              ‘Elections in Post-Communist Central Asian Dictatorships’, paper to be delivered at “Elections under 20th Century Dictatorships” workshops, University of Cologne, Germany
  • 2009 11-16 March       Winter Institute “Enlargement and Beyond: The Process of EU and NATO Accession and Its Impact on Europe’s Security Architecture” 2009 Jean Monnet Advanced Study Institute “Europe’s Evolving Security Architecture: Integration, Cooperation or Confrontation?”
  • 2009 28 Feb.               ‘The Georgia Crisis 2008 – Russia and European Security’ seminar delivered at ‘Peacemaking and Peace-Building in Europe & South Asia’ Research Workshop, Dublin City University
  • 2009 25-30 Jan.           Lectures given to students and faculty on theme of post-soviet transition, Donetsk State Management University, Ukraine
  • 2009 16-23 Jan            Week-long series of lectures/seminars on Northern Ireland conflict conducted with MA students of Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (NMCPCR), Jamia Millia Islamia,Delhi, India
  • 2008 10-12 Dec          ‘A comparative Analysis of Colour Revolutions in post-Soviet Spaces’, paper delivered at 8th Annual Aleksanteri Conference on Post-Soviet studies. University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2008, 3 Dec                 Seminar conducted with MA students as part of Guest Speaker Series, Dublin City University
  • 2008 28-30 Nov          ‘External Forces in the Abkhazia and South Ossetia conflicts’ paper delivered at ‘Caucasus Studies: Migration-Society-Language’ conference, Department of International Migrations and Ethnic Relations (IMER), Malmoe University, Sweden.
  • 2008, 13-15 Nov         ‘Political party development in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan: The external dimension’paper delivered at “The International Dimensions of Political Party (System) Development: Assessing Actors, Methods and Effects”, Academic Workshop, Department of European Studies, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2008, 20 Oct.               ‘The Georgia-Russia War and the Caucasus in Transition”, guest address to European Studies Masters students Yerevan State University, Armenia
  • 2008 2-7 June              Theoretical approaches to political party systems, week-long seminar presentations made in Dushanbe and Khojand, Tajikistan (Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching (ReSET) funded by the Open Society Institute/Higher Education Support Program.
  • 2008 19-24 May          Seminars on political science theory conducted for university faculty with Central Asia Research and Training Initiative (CARTI) fellowships (Higher Education Support Program), Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 2008 30 April              “Comparative Features of ‘Coloured Revolutions in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan’” Seminar presentation made at international workshop on coloured revolutions at Kings College, Cambridge University, United Kingdom.
  • 2008 10-12 April         ‘Roses and Tulips: Dynamics of Regime Change in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan’, paper delivered at Association for the Studies of Nationalities World Convention, Columbia University, New York
  • 2007 15-18 July          ‘Cold War in the Caucasus: Georgian-Russian Relations’ at Fourth Eastern Europe Conference organized on the theme of “Democracy vs. Authoritarianism in the Post-Communist World”, Warsaw University, Poland.
  • 2007 25 June-6 July    Participant and presenter at Critical Sociology Network, Caucasus Academic Project Summer School (funded by Higher Educational Support Program, Soros Foundation), Chakvi, Georgia.
  • 2007 18 May               Keynote address at international conference organized on the theme of Tajikistan’s role in a globalized world convened to celebrate fifteen years of Tajikistan independence. Tajik State University of Law, Business and Politics, Khojand, Tajikistan.
  • 2007 16-17 May          “Russian Foreign Policy in Central Asia” and “Executive power in Central Asia political systems”, seminars delivered to faculty of several universities in Khojand, Tajikistan (Central Asian Resource Centre)
  • 2007 8 May                 “Democratisation and the De Facto States of the Former Soviet Union”, research seminar, KIMEP, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  • 2007 21-22 April         “Conflict Transformation in Former Soviet States” and “Barriers to Conflict Transformation in the Caucasus” presentations made at “Reforms and Conflict Transformation in Former Soviet States”, Central Asia Resource Centre/BILIM (HESP), Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  • 2007 12-14 April         “Georgia and Abkhazia: Russia’s Role”, paper delivered at the Association for the Studies of Nationalities World Convention, Columbia University, New York, USA.
  • 2007 27 March            “Foreign Policy as an Extension of Domestic Authoritarianism in the Russian Federation”, presentation made at the Hannah Arendt Institute for Research on Totalitarianism, Technical University, Dresden, Germany.