December 5 Program
Dr. Charles E. Ziegler
University of Louisville
“The New ‘Great Game:’ Central Asia in Geopolitics Today”

Charles E. Ziegler is Professor of Political Science and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky. A specialist on the domestic, foreign and security policies of Russia and Eurasia, Ziegler is co-editor (with Judith Thornton) of The Russian Far East: A Region at Risk (University of Washington Press, 2002), and author of The History of Russia (2nd edition, Greenwood Press, 2009), Foreign Policy and East Asia (Cambridge University Press, 1993), and Environmental Policy in the USSR (University of Massachusetts Press, 1987). He has published over sixty book chapters and articles for such professional journals as Comparative Politics, Political Science Quarterly, British Journal of Political Science, Problems of Post-Communism, International Politics, Democratization, and Asian Security, and has presented over 80 papers at national and international conferences.

Ziegler is currently editing a book on Civil Society and Politics in Central Asia, an outgrowth of his work as Project Director for a State Department funded program on building civil society in Kazakhstan. He has been a consultant to the PhD program at Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan, teaching and advising doctoral students.

Ziegler first joined the University of Louisville in 1980, and was Chair of the Department of Political Science from 1998 to 2007. He has held an International Research and Exchanges Board Advanced Individual Research Opportunity grant, a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to Korea, an International Affairs Fellowship of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Hoover Institution National Fellowship. In 1989 he served as Legislative Assistant for Defense and Foreign Policy to Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND). Ziegler is founder and administrator of the Center for Asian Democracy, and has served as Executive Director of the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations since 1990. He teaches courses on democratization, Russia and Eurasia, oil and politics, and comparative political culture.

Ziegler received the BA from Purdue University, and the AM and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is married to Janna Tajibaeva and has a son, Alan.