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Russia's Stalled Transition

Ten years ago the Soviet Union ceased to exist. The new, post-Soviet Russia has borne out some of the hopes that were afoot a decade ago about a smooth "transition" from dictatorship to democracy and from a command economy to a market economy. But many hopes have not been fulfilled, and the accession to power of a new president, Vladimir Putin, has raised fears that Russia may revert to previous authoritarian ways.

Professor Timothy Colton will evaluate the new Russia's progress from several points of view, including those of the Russian people themselves, and assess the prospects for progress toward a liberal society and politics.

Professor Colton received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from University of Toronto and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is the Director of the Davis Center for Russian Studies (formerly Russian Research Center) at Harvard, and is the Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies at Harvard University.

Professor Colton is the author of several books including Transitional Citizens: Voters and What Influences Them in the New Russia (2000); Moscow: Governing the Socialist Metropolis (1996) (winner of award for best scholarly book in government and political science by the Association of American Publishers); and editor of Patterns in Post- Soviet Leadership (1995).

The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to co-sponsor Professor Colton's visit to Claremont McKenna College.