On Friday February 10th Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Professor of Political Science at NYU, will lecture and take questions on his new book entitled, "The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics." The event will be held in Tidewater A in the Sadler Center at 4pm.
Bueno de Mesquita will employ the models in the book to discuss current and historical cases where authoritarian rulers used foreign and domestic policy tools to maintain their power. Topics will include cases from the Arab Spring, the Green Revolution in Iran, and a series of cases in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Bueno de Mesquita is both well-known and controversial within political science for using formal models and statistical methods to predict political outcomes. He has written numerous books and articles and has worked as a consultant for the U.S. government and private industry. Copies of his recent books will be available for purchase.
This event is sponsored by the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, the Government Department, and the Reves Center for International Studies. It is free and open to the public.