The West and Russia
with Kimberly Marten
April 1, 2016 • 1-2PM
Barnard College, Diana Center, Room 501
- Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, faculty member at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University; director of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at Columbia’s Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies; member of Columbia’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, the PONARS-Eurasia network, and the Council on Foreign Relations
Join Professor Kimberly Marten, a prominent political science professor, for a conversation on “The West and Russia.” The Talks with Professors series allows students to engage in casual and meaningful conversations with distinguished scholars in a laid-back, informal setting.
About the Speaker
Kimberly Marten is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, and a faculty member of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. She directs the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at Columbia’sHarriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. She is a member of Columbia’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, thePONARS-Eurasia network, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Marten’s current research focuses on Russia, including a counterfactual analysis of NATO expansion and a comparative historical analysis of the Russian intelligence state and its Soviet roots. She writes frequently about current events, with articles in The Washington Quarterly, ForeignAffairs.com, the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage Blog (for example, here, here, here, here, and here), theBallots & Bullets Blog, the Huffington Post, USA Today, and a new PONARS-Eurasia policy memo.
She has appeared on the The Daily Show (extra web content here) with Jon Stewart, the Charlie Rose Show with guest host Richard Haass, the Rachel Maddow show and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, CNN International, PBS NewsHour Weekend with Hari Sreenivasan (here, here andhere), Al Jazeera America, NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross and “Here and Now” with Robin Young, WNYC’s The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and Todd Zwillich, Minnesota Public Radio’s “Daily Circuit” with Kerri Miller, KPFK’s (Los Angeles) “Background Briefing” with Ian Masters, the BBC World Service, Bloomberg TV and Radio, China Business Network (Shanghai), Globo TV Brazil, and Monocle 24 UK. Her interviews appear in Newsweek, Nezavisimaya Gazeta(Russia), and Forbes.com.
Her previous research project analyzed the politics of warlords, asking how their patronage networks impact sovereignty and state failure. Her latest book,Warlords: Strong-Arm Brokers in Weak States (Cornell University Press, 2012), traces the development of warlordism and its consequences in the tribal areas of Pakistan, Sunni Arab areas of Iraq, and post-Soviet Georgia and the Republic of Chechnya in Russia. She discussed the book on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show andWisconsin Public Radio. The book was reviewed in an H-Diplo/International Security Studies Forum roundtable. In International Security, she compares warlordism in Afghanistan and Somalia to medieval Europe and Republican-era China. She researched militias and security sector reform in weak states, including work on the Palestinian Authority Security Forces, published in International Peacekeeping and in the International Herald Tribune/New York Times. Her chapter on the Afghan Local Police appears in an edited volume on The Transnational Governance of Violence and Crime, following an earlier opinion piece in the IHT/NYT.
Her prior books include Engaging the Enemy: Organization Theory and Soviet Military Innovation (Princeton, 1993), which received the Marshall Shulman Prize;Weapons, Culture, and Self-Interest: Soviet Defense Managers in the New Russia(Columbia, 1997); and Enforcing the Peace: Learning from the Imperial Past(Columbia, 2004).
Marten earned her A.B. in 1985 at Harvard magna cum laude and Ph.D. in 1991 at Stanford. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation; a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies; a visiting scholar at Tokyo’s Institute for International Policy Studies (via a Hitachi/Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship); and a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Her research has been supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Social Science Research Council/MacArthur Foundation, and the Government of Canada.