Book Launch: Dictators Without Borders: Global aspects of national governance in Central Asia

Thursday 11th May 2017, 10.00 – 12.00
Dr John Heathershaw, University of Exeter

Following independence from the Soviet Union, Central Asia’s authoritarian states have consolidated in an era of liberal globalization. The region bears witness to these contrasts. Hard authoritarianism needs liberal finance. Regimes battle opponents in Western courts. Nationalist elites live global lives. Drawing on court records, financial data and investigative journalism, qualitative case studies of transnational elite practice from four of the five  Central Asian states demonstrate that contemporary authoritarian regimes utilise liberal legal, financial and criminal justice mechanisms to further their own power. Cases of money laundering and extra-territorial repression are detailed and gaping holes in anti-corruption initiatives are illustrated. Particular attention is devoted to the role of intermediaries such as due diligence consultants, lawyers, lobbyists and real estate brokers in facilitating transnational practices of authoritarianism.

A lecture based on the book “Dictators without borders” by Alexander Cooley and John Heathershaw.

Yale University Press, 2017

Lecture by: Dr John Heathershaw, University of Exeter
Professor Marlies Glasius, University of Amsterdam
Thursday 11 May, 10.00 – 12.00
Where: REC B9.22 (Political Science Common Room), Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, Amsterdam

If you would like to attend, please email M.M.deLange@uva.nl to register. Places are limited, so be sure to register in time.