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JANUARY 13, 2022 Protest and Crisis Politics in Kazakhstan: Understanding What Happened? &  Considering What May Happen? 

10:30 EST//15:30 GMT//16:30 CET//21:30 ALMT/KGT

REGISTER ONLINE: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkdO-upz4tE9WxAykLQkN_mey1HNvHjzl9

Asel Doolotkeldieva (OSCE Academy), Diana Kudaibergenova (Cambridge), Edward Schatz (UofToronto), Sam Greene (King’s College London) in conversation with Gwendolyn Sasse (ZOiS/Humbolt), Regina Smyth (Indiana U), Joshua Tucker (NYU, Jordan Center). Chaired by Olga Onuch (UoM).


Launch & Round Table @ Harvard, Thursday August 30th 2018, at 14:00 – 16:00pm in CGIS Knafel Room K354 on Harvard University, Boston, USA.

22 people attended the launch. Ideas on new directions and common research themes where discussed.

Proposed events:

  • A half day research seminar at NYU or Princeton coordinated to coincide with ASN in New York (end of April/beginning of May).
  • A two day workshop at UoM in Manchester mid-June 2019. 
  • A paper panel at APSA and network meeting at George Washington University coinciding with APSA in Washington DC.

Workshop @ Manchester“What Questions Should We Ask When We Study Protest Comparatively:  Assessing Survey, Interview, Focus Group, and Social Media Based Research of Protesters”

June 7, 2019 Day One

  • 10:30 – 11:30   Session One: MOBILISE Project Presentation: Survey, focus group and interview questions, and first results from the project (all presenters and order TBC) Prof. Jacquelin Stekelenburg, J. van (VU), Dr. Evelyn Ersanilli (UVA), Prof. Gwen Sasse (Oxford/ZoiS), Dr. David Doyle (Oxford), Dr.Olga Onuch (UoM)
  • 12:00 – 13:00   Session Two Protest Event Analysis in EE: Dr. Samuel Greene (Kings), Prof. Tomila Lankina (LSE) with Dr. Katerina Tertechnaya (UCL), Prof. Henry Hale (GWU) with Dr. Olga Onuch (UoM) (all presenters and order TBC)
  • 14:00 – 15:30   Session Three Protest in Times of Crisis: Dr. Silke Trommer (UoM TBC) , Prof. Grigore Pop-Eleches (Princeton) and Dr. Bryn Rosenfeld (Cornell), Prof. Regina Smith (Indiana) (all presenters and order TBC)
  • 15:50 – 16:50   Session Four Protest Events in MENA : Dr. Neil Ketchley (Kings), Dr. Christopher Barrie (Oxford), (all presenters and order TBC)
  • 17:00 – 18:00   Session Five Protest Events in MENA and Asia: Dr. Elizabeth Plantan (Harvard), Dr. Dina Bishara (Alabama/Harvard) (all presenters and order TBC)

June 8, 2019 Day Two

  • 10:30 – 11:30    Session Six Protest in Competitive Authoritarian Regimes: Dr. Aliaksandr Herasimenka (Westminster), Ms. Katherine Crofts-Gibbons (Kings), Mr. Stas Gorelik (GWU) (all presenters and order TBC)
  • 12:00 – 13:30    Session Seven New Directions in Protest Research: Protest After Exit: Mr. Felipe Gonzalez Santos (MOBILISE PostDoc UoM), Dr. Piotr Goldstein (MOBILISE PostDoc ZoiS), Ms. Atsrid Bodini (MOBILISE PhD UVA) (all presenters and order TBC) 

PhD Workshop @ Manchester: “Memories and Contentious Mobilization in New Europe: A Graduate Workshop in Comparative Politics”. 

June 6, 2019 (12:20-18:00, Williamson Building, Room G.33, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)

Organized by Ms. Anna Glew, Mr. Craig Proctor and Dr. Olga Onuch. Funded by JMCE and CAPRN. This workshop brought together early career scholars, and specifically PhD students, from across the UK who study three interconnected themes: memory politics (acts of commemoration), identity politics, and the rise of radical right populist movements in so-called ‘New’ Europe.

  • 13:05 – 14:20   Graduate Student Session One: Radical Right in ‘New’ Europe in Comparative Perspective (Chair Prof. Jacquelien van Stekelenburg)
  • 14:40 – 16:00   Graduate Student Session Two: Mass Identities and Ethnic Nationalism in ‘New’ Europe (Chair Prof. Gwendolyn Sasse)
  • 16:20 – 17:40   Graduate Student Session Three: Remembering Revolution & War in ‘New’ Europe (Chair Prof. Maria Popova)

Presentation of “Putin v. the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia” by Greene and Robertson

GWU @ 4:00 pm @ GWU (refreshments provided) (Co-sponsored by CAPRN, PONARS, GWU ERES)

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APSA 2019 Panel: Protest and Regimes

 August 31 (Organized by Killian Clarke)

Mass protest and contentious resistance remain today tremendously consequential forms of political participation, pressing government elites to enact reforms, grant concessions, and, occasionally, relinquish power. But protest trajectories and outcomes are always shaped as much by the responses of the regimes they challenge as by the actions of protesters themselves. This dialectical relationship – between protest and regimes – is the central concern of this panel. More specifically, it considers questions like how and why regimes respond to protests in different ways, how these responses shape the scale and character of mobilization that emerge, and how different forms of protest may lead to different outcomes. The panel brings together four papers that collectively shed light on these pressing questions. The papers draw on a range of methodological techniques, including interviews, ethnography, event data analysis, surveys, and experiments, to investigate these questions. Moreover, each of the studies is grounded in a different region of the world – Latin America, Russia, Africa and Europe, and the Middle East – allowing for an exchange of findings across regional sub-fields, and the generation of insights that transcend particular contexts.The first two papers consider regime responses to protest. Katerina Tertytchnaya (UCL) examines the phenomenon of preemptive repression in Russia. Using an original event dataset of 6,000 protests from 2006 to 2017, as well as a framing experiment in a nationally representative survey, she explains why preemptive repression (i.e., prohibiting protests in advance) tends to have an inverse relationship on protest frequency. In the second paper, Erica Simmons (University of Wisconsin) considers why the regime of Evo Morales in Bolivia in 2011 cracked down on a set of protests in the TIPNIS region that were staged by some of the regime’s core constituents and raised indigenous territorial claims squarely in line with its agenda. She argues that the conflict can best be explained by the incommensurability of the regime’s versus protesters’ understandings of plurinationalism, development, and progress.The second pair of papers consider questions of protest outcomes. Lisa Mueller (Macalester) studies how the cohesion of protesters shapes the kinds of concessions they are able to extract from the regimes they challenge. She examines this question using survey data from more than 100 European protests, and then explores the mechanisms contributing to activist cohesion using lab experiments in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. In the final paper Killian Clarke (Princeton) argues that the explosion of protest brought about by Egypt’s 2011 democratic revolution paradoxically set the stage for the return of authoritarianism in 2013. Using an original protest dataset from the period of Egypt’s (failed) democratic transition, as well as interviews with Egyptian activists and political elites, he argues that broad and diffused anti-government protest after the revolution came to be channeled into a focused counterrevolutionary movement that set the stage for the 2013 coup.


  • Counterrevolutionary Protest during Egypt’s Democratic Experiment, 2012-2013 – Killian Clarke, Princeton University
  • Activist Cohesion and Protest Outcomes: Evidence from Europe and Africa – Lisa Mueller, Macalester College
  • In the Name of Bolivia: Protest and Repression in the TIPNIS – Erica S. Simmons, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Pre-emptive Repression and Protests in Electoral Autocracies – Katerina Tertytchnaya, University College London
  • Chair – Olga Onuch University of Manchester
  • Discussant – Graeme Robertson

Thursday, October 22, 2020, Belarus – The Domestic and International Politics of Democratic Revolution

Despite months of mass protests on streets across the country and the refusal many of his neighbors to recognize him as the legitimate President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko seems determined to hold onto power. The situation is delicately poised and the balance of domestic forces and international player remains unclear.  What is next for Belarus, its people and its democratic revolution? Join us for a roundtable discussion with Volha Charnysh (MIT), Gwendolyn Sasse (University of Oxford; ZOiS), and Arkady Moshes (Finnish Institute of International Affairs). The discussion will be moderated by Graeme Robertson (CSEEES Director) at 12:00 PM EDTRegistration required: https://bit.ly/3o0PzMN

THURSDAY MAY 6, 8:00-9:30 AM ET

Chair: Joshua Tucker (NYU/Jordan Center), Speakers: Courtney Blackington (UNC Chapel Hill), Grzegorz Ekiert (Harvard), Piotr Goldstein (ZoiS), Anna Grzymala-Busse (Stanford), Marta Kotwas(UCL), Jan Kubik (Rutgers).

(12:00 PM Eastern Time//16:00 GMT // 17:00 CET // 9:00 PST). Chair: Joshua Tucker (NYU/Jordan Center), Speakers: Courtney Blackington (UNC Chapel Hill), Grzegorz Ekiert (Harvard), Piotr Goldstein (ZoiS), Anna Grzymala-Busse (Stanford), Marta Kotwas(UCL), Jan Kubik (Rutgers). Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpc-igrzMqE9GCCDVR3gEJ0vlaQmVeKfhw


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