Scholar-in-Residence David W. Rivera presented two series of lectures from Nov. 22 to Dec. 3 in Moscow. The invited lectures focused on findings of ongoing research he is conducting with Associate Professor of Government Sharon Werning Rivera.
One of the Riveras’ projects examines the role political leaders have played in the political development of the formerly communist countries of East Central Europe and Eurasia. Rivera gave invited lectures on this topic at the annual conference of the Russian Political Science Association (RAPN), as well as in a meeting of the RAPN’s Youth Branch and in graduate seminars at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and the Higher School of Economics. He also presented to undergraduates in the Department of Global Processes at Moscow State University. MGIMO and Moscow State University are two of the most prestigious educational institutions in the Russian Federation.
Rivera’s second lecture series was based on research on the professional backgrounds of high-ranking government officials and corporate executives in Russia. In particular, that research project seeks to determine the percentage of Russian elites that possess career histories in the former KGB. Rivera presented this research at MGIMO – before a diverse group of international students from Syria, Iran and France in the School of Government and International Affairs, and also at a conference celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Comparative Politics Department.
During his stay in Moscow, Rivera also met with Dr. Oxana Gaman-Golutvina, the president of the Russian Political Science Association and a professor at MGIMO. They discussed several collaborative research projects they, along with Sharon Rivera, have planned for 2014.