Farideh Farhi is an Independent Scholar and Affiliate Graduate Faculty at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Her publications include States and Urban-Based Revolutions in Iran and Nicaragua (University of Illinois Press) and numerous articles and book chapters on comparative analyses of revolutions and Iranian politics. She has been a recipient of grants from the United States Institute of Peace and the Rockefeller Foundation and was most recently a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Ms. Farhi has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the International Crisis Group.
Andrew C. Kuchins is a senior fellow and the director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Russia and Eurasia Program. He is an internationally known expert on Russian foreign and domestic policies who publishes widely and is frequently called on by business, government, media, and academic leaders for comment and consulting on Russian and Eurasian affairs. His recent publications include The Key to Success in Afghanistan: A Modern Silk Road Strategy, coauthored with S. Fred Starr (Central Asia–Caucasus Institute, May 2010), Russia after the Global Economic Crisis, coedited with Anders Aslund and Sergei Guriev (Peterson Institute, June 2010), “The Speeding Troika” (Russia Beyond the Headlines, September 2010), and “Keep on Truckin’” (Foreign Policy, October 2010).
Saideh Lotfian is Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.
Narushige Michishita is Associate Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, and the director of the Security and International Studies Program at the Institute. A specialist in strategic and Japan/Korea studies, he is author of North Korea’s MilitaryDiplomatic Campaigns, 1966–2008 (Routledge, 2009).
Nikola Mirilovic is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining UCF, he was Professorial Lecturer and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the George Washington University. Dr. Mirilovic’s article “Explaining