The Panarchy: Welcome

Welcome to this inaugural post of “The Panarchy,” a blog series that will explore research that examines the dynamic interaction of social and ecological systems in Central Eurasia. The blog series takes its name from conceptual developments in “resilience thinking,” a branch of scholarship concerned with the triggers and processes that compose growth, collapse, and transformation in interconnected economic, ecological, and social systems across scales.
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Bactriana: A sort of Eurasian history beat

Welcome to Bactriana.  In the coming months your humble blogger will endeavor to cover developments in Eurasian history:  What new publications are on the horizon?  What is the latest intel on archives and research libraries in the region?  Which historiographical debates are catching fire?  How are classroom instruction and syllabi in the field evolving? Continue reading Bactriana: A sort of Eurasian history beat

The Battle over Stalin’s Statues and the Ascent of the Georgian Dream Coalition

The ascent of the Georgian Dream coalition over Mikheil Saakashvili’s pro-Western United National Movement in the country’s October 1 parliamentary elections has reignited the battle in Georgia over public monuments bearing the image of Josef Stalin, “the great son of the Georgian people.” These developments have inspired a fresh slew of panic-inducing headlines in western media, blending alarm over the ‘revival of the cult of Stalin’ with disappointment over the country’s ‘turn toward Russia.’ Continue reading The Battle over Stalin’s Statues and the Ascent of the Georgian Dream Coalition