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Zoltan Barany

Professor Ph.D., University of Virginia

Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor, Department of Government
Zoltan Barany



Professor Barany’s research and writing have focused on military politics, military sociology, and democratization globally throughout his career.  More recently he has become interested in the monarchy as a form of government in the contemporary world.  His early scholarship was also concerned with ethnopolitics (particularly the Gypsies/Roma) and East European politics more generally.

Professor Barany’s principal current research project is How Armies Respond to Revolutions and Why? – a book to be published by Princeton University Press.  The central argument of this study is that it is possible to make highly educated guesses, if not outright predictions, regarding the generals’ reaction to revolutions – and thus about the outcome of revolutions – by analyzing a number of domestic and external factors.  The case studies include both single-country revolutions (Cuba, 1959; Iran, 1979) and clusters of revolutions (China and Eastern Europe, 1989; North Africa and the Middle East, 2011) to gauge processes of diffusion.

Professor Barany is the author of The Soldier and the Changing State: Building Democratic Armies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas (Princeton, 2012), Democratic Breakdown and the Decline of the Russian Military (Princeton, 2007), The Future of NATO Expansion (Cambridge, 2003), The East European Gypsies: Regime Change, Marginality, and Ethnopolitics (Cambridge, 2001), and Soldiers and Politics in Eastern Europe, 1945-90 (Macmillan, 1993).  He is also the co-editor of five other books: Is Democracy Exportable? (Cambridge, 2009), Ethnic Politics after Communism (Cornell, 2005), Russian Politics (Cambridge, 2001), Dilemmas of Transition (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), and The Legacies of Communism (Johns Hopkins, 1995).  Professor Barany has published dozens of articles in academic and policy journals including Armed Forces & SocietiesComparative PoliticsEthnic & Racial StudiesGovernment  & Opposition, Journal of DemocracyJournal of Strategic Studies, ParametersPolicy ReviewPolitical Science QuarterlyPresidential Studies QuarterlySecurity StudiesSlavic Review, Strategic Studies Quarterly and World Politics.

Professor Barany has been a National Fellow and the Susan Louise Dyer Peace Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a NATO Research Fellow.  His work has been supported by the East-West Center in Honolulu, the Ford Foundation, IREX, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as well as the universities of Edinburgh and Oxford in the United Kingdom.  He has lectured at over 150 universities, government agencies, and military institutions around the world.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London).


Military politics and sociology; democratization; monarchies

LAS 384L • Military In Politics

40787 • Spring 2011
Meets M 900am-1200pm BAT 1.104
(also listed as GOV 390L, MES 381 )
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This course is designed to familiarize graduate students with the military's role in modern 

state and society.  The focus is on the sociopolitical character of the armed forces.  We will 

examine the most important issues of civil-military relations, such as why is civilian control 

important, what types of control arrangements are conducive to healthy civil-military 

relations in various types of political regimes, and in what ways do military elites respond 

to state policies and social movements.  The class begins with eight weeks of intensive 

readings in order to get you grounded in the literature and help you learn to appreciate the 

diversity of civil-military relations in different political systems.  You will write brief (one 

single-spaced page) discussion proposals to facilitate debate about the readings.  We will 

conclude with student presentations (approximately 30-minute summations of your 

research).  The seminar paper is due at the last seminar meeting (May 2); extensions will 

not be given save for exceptional cases (e.g., unanticipated call-up for combat duty, 

debilitating illness, etc.).


Barany, Z. (2009) Is Democracy Exportable? Cambridge University Press.

Barany, Z. (2009) Building Democratic Armies. In Z. Barany & R.G. Moser (Eds.), Is Democracy Exportable? Cambridge University Press.

Barany, Z. (2008, June) Civil-Military Relations and Institutional Decay: Explaining Russian Military Politics. Europe-Asia Studies, 60(4), 583-606.

Barany, Z. (2008, March) Superpresidentialism and the Military. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 38(1), 14-38.

Barany, Z. (2008, February) Resurgent Russia? A Still-Faltering Military. Policy Review, 147, 39-51.

Barany, Z. (2007, December) The Politics of Russia's elusive defense reform. Political Science Quarterly, 121(4), 597-627.

Barany, Z. (2007) Democratic Breakdown and the Decline of the Russian Military. Princeton University Press.

Barany, Z. (2006, March) NATO. International Studies Review, 8(1), 165-178.

Barany, Z. (2005) Ethnic Politics after Communism. Cornell University Press.

Barany, Z. (2005) Ethnic Mobilization in the Post-Communist Context. In Z. Barany & R.G. Moser (Eds.), Ethnic Politics after Communism (pp.78-110). Cornell University Press.

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