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Zoltan Barany


Zoltan Barany, a national fellow at the Hoover Institution, will be in residence during July 2009. He is the Susan Louis Dyer Peace Fellow for 2007–08 and 2008–09. His primary research interests are military politics and military alliances around the world.

Barany is the author of four books: Democratic Breakdown and the Russian Military (Princeton, 2007), The Future of NATO Expansion (Cambridge, 2003), The East European Gypsies (Cambridge, 2001), and Soldiers and Politics in Eastern Europe (Macmillan, 1993) and has published dozens of articles in academic and policy journals such as Comparative Politics, Journal of Democracy, Policy Review, Political Science Quarterly, and World Politics. He is also the coeditor of five volumes, most recently Is Democracy Exportable? (Cambridge, 2009) and Ethnic Politics after Communism (Cornell, 2005). His current book project—Building Democratic Armies: Lessons from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas (under contract with Princeton University Press)—analyzes the postregime change transformation of the armed forces in twenty-eight countries and seven political contexts.

He graduated summa cum laude from Carleton University in 1986 and earned a PhD from the University of Virginia in 1991.

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Recent Commentary

Authoritarianism in Pakistan

by Zoltan Baranyvia Policy Review
Monday, August 3, 2009

The historical roots of dysfunctional politics

NATO at Sixty

by Zoltan Baranyvia Hoover Digest
Monday, June 29, 2009

An alliance for the purposes of defense has grown into an alliance for the purposes of democracy. By Zoltan Barany.

Resurgent Russia? A Still-Faltering Military

by Zoltan Baranyvia Policy Review
Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Reports of its return have been greatly exaggerated