Thu, Nov 20, 2014
1:00pm - 2:00pm
LEMIT, Room 202
Dr. Scott RadnitzDr. Scott Radnitz, Associate Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington, will discuss “’Birthers, Truthers, and Soros's Jackals:’ American and Post-Soviet Conspiracy Theories.”
Conspiracy theories are very popular these days, yet they have been around for a long time. While we may be most aware of American conspiracy theories, conspiracy beliefs are even more widespread in less free states where the lack of transparency and accountability allows suspicion and distrust to fester.
Dr. Radnitz will compare conspiracy theories in the US and the former Soviet Union in order to explain why people believe them and provide insight into their effects on security, politics, and society.
Dr. Radnitz has conducted research in Central Asia and the Caucasus since 2002, and conducts research on post-Soviet politics, covering such topics as protests, authoritarianism, identity, and state building. He is the author Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia and he has published articles in Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Democracy, Europe-Asia Studies, National Interest, Foreign Policy, and Slate.
Dr. Radnitz received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 2007 and has held postdoctoral fellowship at Belfer Center at Harvard and the Kennan Institute.
The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Security Studies and the American Democracy Project.