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Panel on fighting organized crime in post-Soviet Eurasia

A panel discussion on “Fighting Organized Crime in Post-Soviet Eurasia: Achievements and Challenges,” will be held on March 13, 2014, in 219 Aaron Burr Hall at Princeton University. Panelists include Alexander Kupatadze, a postdoctoral Global Leadership Fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University, and Gavin Slade, an assistant professor of criminology at the University of Toronto. Mark Beissinger, Henry W. Putnam Professor of Politics and director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, will moderate. The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Program in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES).

**Media who would like to attend should RSVP by March 12, 2014 to Kathleen Allen at or 609-258-5978**

Kupatadze’s first book, Organized Crime, Political Transitions and State Formation in post-Soviet Eurasia, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. His research interests include corruption, organized crime, policing and penal institutions in post-Soviet region. Ph.D. University of St. Andrews.

Slade’s book, Reorganizing Crime Mafia and Anti-Mafia in Post-Soviet Georgia, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. He is currently working on a project concerning prison reform, prison violence, and organized crime in the post-Soviet region. Ph.D. University of Oxford.

Beissinger’s academic interests revolve around the study of social movements, revolutions, nationalism, and imperialism, with particular reference to the Soviet Union and its successor states. His books include the award-winning Nationalist Mobilization and the Collapse of the Soviet State (2002). His recent writings have dealt with such issues as the role of emulation in the cross-national spread of revolution, nonviolent civil resistance movements, the negative character of revolutionary coalitions, the relationship between nationalism and democracy, the persistence of empire as a category of politics in Eurasia, the historical legacies of communism, and the changing relationship between violence and revolution over the last century.   

Serguei Oushakine, associate professor of anthropology and Slavic languages and literatures, is the director of REEES.

For more information contact Kathleen Allen, or 609-258-5978.