Upcoming Lecture: Sponsoring student mobility as a source of authoritarian stability.

Sponsoring student mobility as a source of authoritarian stability: the case of Kazakhstan

Asia Updates Series

24 May, 2017 17.00-18.00

Why should an authoritarian regime run the risk of sending students abroad and letting them back with a potentially destabilizing political baggage? Adele Del Sordi (UvA) discusses how contemporary authoritarian regimes manage external influences and in some cases turn them effectively into a source of political stability. She questions the assumption that globalization is bringing only challenges to autocracies.

Kazakhstan has been sponsoring its student mobility program Bolashak since the 1990s, gaining considerable knowledge and skills while avoiding, at least so far, the import of democratic ideas. Moreover, the regime has actually benefitted from the programmes in terms of regime stability, as Bolashak contributes to regime legitimation both domestically and internationally.

About the lecturer

Adele Del Sordi is a postdoctoral researcher in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, where she contributes to the project Authoritarianism in a Global Age by looking at the impact of globalization on authoritarian sustainability in post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Her research interests include stability of authoritarian regimes, post-Soviet politics, and authoritarian learning.

About the Asia Update Series

The Asia Updates is a series of lectures with a focus on social, cultural, political and economic developments in Asia or related to Asia. This series is part of the Master programme Contemporary Asian Studies and the AISSR research group Moving Matters.


The lecture is open for everyone interested. Information: Arnoud Zwemmer, A.R.Zwemmer@uva.nl

Location: Roeterseiland Campus, REC B.3.0
Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 | 1018 WV Amsterdam