Rivera Presents at European Studies World Congress

Sharon Werning Rivera
Sharon Werning Rivera
Associate Professor of Government Sharon Werning Rivera presented a paper titled “Trends in Elite Militarization under Putin” at the VIII World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES) held July 26-31 in Stockholm.

The paper, co-authored with Visiting Assistant Professor in Government David Rivera (2009-2010), examines the dominant paradigm for understanding contemporary Russia, which is that former KGB lieutenant-colonel Vladimir Putin has transformed the country into a “militocracy,” a state in which individuals who spent their careers in Russia’s various force structures dominate the polity and economy. It is based on an original database of more than 2,500 individuals compiled from Russian-language sources.

Rivera was joined on the panel by Olga Krystanovskaya, the director of the Department of Elite Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Sociology, and Stephen White, the James Bryce Professor of Politics at the University of Glasgow.

ICCEES is a global network of research associations, institutes and individual scholars active in the field of Russian, Central and East European studies. It organizes a world congress every five years.
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