On Tuesday, February 23, the Strauss Center will host Dr. Henry Hale, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, for a virtual talk on democracy, autocracy, and revolution in Russia and Post-Soviet Eurasia. Dr. Hale’s talk will explore how the past three decades of post-Soviet history have been a major disappointment for democracy advocates in all but a handful of cases.
How can we understand democracy’s failure? The key is to grapple with certain historical legacies that predate communist rule but interacted with it to present post-Soviet societies with major challenges of political and economic development. Often facilitating the rise of strongmen like Vladimir Putin, these legacies are compatible with certain forms of democratization and render authoritarianism in countries like Russia less stable than often thought