October 04, 2017

Political scholar Brent Hierman will deliver a lecture discussing political and social conflicts in Central Asia on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. The talk will be held in Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms 3-5, located in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Dictatorship, Development and Punctuated Violence in Central Asia, Hierman will discuss how the political economy of authoritarianism has fostered occasional social conflicts (especially ethnic riots in Southern Kyrgyzstan), state-sanctioned violence and repression, and how authoritarianism is related to Islamist terrorist recruitment among Central Asian migrants in places like Russia.

Hierman is an associate professor of international studies and political science at Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. His research and teaching interests include comparative political economy, inter-ethnic relations, trust and the politics of land reform. His specific regional focus is Central Asia and he has experience living, working and volunteering with the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

This lecture is presented in support of Susquehanna University’s 2017-18 theme of conflict. Throughout the year, the university presents various lectures and events encouraging students to explore and discuss this theme, which is presented to the campus community through the annual, largely student-run common reading anthology, Perspectives on Conflict. Each year’s theme is chosen through student, faculty and staff suggestions and guides a year-long campuswide conversation.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Susquehanna, Pi Gamma Mu Social Sciences Honor Society and the University Theme Committee.