William M. Reisigner, May 3, 2012

“Putin’s Re-election and Russia’s Political Future”

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Although re-elected handily, Vladimir Putin faces steeper challenges than ever. He must modernize Russia’s economy and society while holding together the political regime he has forged. Can he do it, and what will his efforts mean for Russia’s role in world affairs?
William M. Reisinger is Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1985. His research concerns democratization in the former communist states, especially Russia. His publications include six books and over 50 articles or book chapters, most recently editing Russia’s Regions and Comparative Subnational Politics (Routledge 2013). He travels frequently to Russia and has conducted research as well in Ukraine and Uzbekistan. He teaches courses on democratization, authoritarian politics, and the politics of the post-communist countries. He is a former chair of the Political Science Department and, from 2003-2008, served as The University of Iowa’s Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs.


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