Julia Buxton of the Central European University, Centre for Policy Studies has authored many books and articles on contemporary Latin America and had focused, in particular, on Venezuela under Chavez and since. With a particular focus on Venezuela during the Chavez period, Buxton has gone beyond ideological rhetoric to document empirically the human impact of rapid social change and gain a deeper appreciation of the popular experience and understanding of revolution.
Ruslan Dzarasov of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Department of Political Economy has written extensively, in English and his native Russian, on the Russian Revolution and its legacy, political, economic and social, for contemporary Russia as well on the distinctive form of capitalism that has emerged in post-Communist Russia, including The Conundrum of Russian Capitalism. He is almost uniquely qualified to speak about the historical significance of Russian Revolution as a defining episode in the history of capitalist modernity as well as one of the most important of modern revolutions.
Domenico Losurdo of the Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo, Departments of Philosophy, History and Politics, is a leading critic of right-wing and counter-revolutionary theory. His War and Revolution: Rethinking the 20th Century outlines the way in which current trends toward ‘revisionist’ history attribute, unjustly, contemporary instability to historical revolutionary movements. His Liberalism: A Counter History destroys some of the most enduring illusions about liberalism and traces its roots in the long and complex history of capitalist domination over classes and peoples.
Gong Yun of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Department of the Development of Marxism, researches the history and construction of the Communist Party of China, Chinese modern history, and the trend of historical nihilism in contemporary China. A significant part of his body of writing has been devoted to the Sinicization of Marxism and the future of Chinese communism. Professor Gong is specially qualified to comment on the longevity of the Chinese Party in contrast to Russia as well as the significance of the Chinese Revolution for contemporary China after several decades of reform, for the World and for the Third World.