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WCED Panel. Authoritarian Crisis and Adaptation

Moderator: Dan Slater, WCED director

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Presenters: Andrea Kendall-Taylor, senior fellow and director of the Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security; Anne Pitcher, professor of political science and professor of Afroamerican and African studies, U-M; Victor Shih, Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations and associate professor of political economy, University of California San Diego.

Most analyses of authoritarian regimes focus on what makes these regimes either durable or vulnerable to collapse. This roundtable shifts our focus to how authoritarian regimes adapt and confront crises arising from forces that are largely beyond their control: e.g. external sanctions, urbanization, financial downturns, and rapid technological change.

Dan Slater is the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of Emerging Democracies, professor of political science, and WCED Director at the University of Michigan. He specializes in the politics and history of enduring dictatorships and emerging democracies, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia. His research interests include comparative politics, international relations, world politics, and methodology.

Andrea Kendall-Taylor is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She works on national security challenges facing the United States and Europe, focusing on Russia, populism and threats to democracy, and the state of the Transatlantic alliance. Prior to joining CNAS, Andrea served for eight years as a senior intelligence officer. From 2015 to 2018, she was Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Prior to joining the NIC, Andrea was a senior analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) where she worked on Russia and Eurasia, the political dynamics of autocracies, and democratic decline. Andrea is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her work has been published in numerous political science and policy journals, including the Journal of Peace Research, Democratization, Journal of Democracy, Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, the Washington Quarterly, and Foreign Policy. Andrea received her B.A. in politics from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a Fulbright scholar in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, where she conducted dissertation research on oil and autocracy.

Victor C. Shih is Ho Miu Lam Chair Professor in China and Pacific Relations at the University of California at San Diego specializing in China. He is the author of a book published by the Cambridge University Press entitled “Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation.” It is the first book to inquire the linkages between elite politics and banking policies in China. His second book, “Economic Shocks and Authoritarian Stability,” will be published by the University of Michigan Press. He is further the author of numerous articles appearing in academic and business journals, including The American Political Science Review, The China Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, The Wall Street Journal and The China Business Review, and frequent adviser to the financial community. Dr. Shih holds a B.A. from the George Washington University and a doctorate in Government from Harvard University. He also was a former principal at the Carlyle Group in the global market group.

Anne Pitcher is a Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. She studies the comparative politics of developing countries, especially those in Africa. Her current research examines party politics, urban political economy, state-business relations, and goods provision under authoritarian and democratic conditions. She has conducted fieldwork, survey and archival research in Angola, Mozambique, Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa and has published several books and dozens of articles in scholarly journals. She recently received a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to study election related violence in Africa. She formerly served as President of the African Studies Association.

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