Spotlight

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Spotlight: Government 533- Authoritarianism and Hybrid Regimes

            This spring, professor Meir Walters is again offering his course on hybrid regimes and competitive authoritarianism. The course will focus of different types of autocratic states, and why  hybrid regimes are the most prevalent in today's world. The course will also heavily focus on ways that authoritarian leaders maintain their power throughout their reign. 

            In an age when democracy promotion and consolidation are very much under scrutiny, we appreciate the expetise of Dr. Walters, an expert on authoritarianism, particularly in the Arabic and Persian-speaking parts of the world. In addition to teaching, he also is a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor’s (DRL) Office of Near Eastern Affair at the U.S. Department of State. 

          Some of the various weekly themes include: Ideology, Symbols, and Authoritarian Power, Authoritarian Retrenchment and “Backsliding,” and the afformentioned typologies of autocracy: Personalist Rule, Military Juntas, and Single Party Systems. Our participating students are incredibly eager to have this oppurtunity this semester.