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PONARS Eurasia 04 Mar 2020
(Global Voices) Well into the new year, many Georgians believe that their government isn't keeping its resolutions. Recently, those who demand that this October's parliamentary elections be “more democratic” have had two venues to engage with the ruling party. They can either attend roundtable negotiations brokered by foreign diplomats, or protest outside the parliament building in the...
Pavel Baev 03 Mar 2020
(EDM) The Kremlin did not utter even one word to mark the fifth anniversary of the high-profile murder that happened right under the walls of the seat of power in Russia. Boris Nemtsov, a joyful and charismatic leader of the democratic opposition, was shot as he walked along a bridge connected to Red Square. Since then, activists have maintained an impromptu memorial on the site where...
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PONARS Eurasia 28 Feb 2020
(IMR) In an interview with IMR, political scientist Vladimir Gelman, professor of the European University in St. Petersburg and the University of Helsinki, discusses the origins of Russia’s bad governance, the goals of Vladimir Putin’s recent political initiatives, and the Western elite’s “jealousy.” Gelman's book «НЕДОСТОЙНОЕ ПРАВЛЕНИЕ», dedicated to Russia's bad governance, was released in...
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PONARS Eurasia 27 Feb 2020
(Caucasus Analytical Digest) The contributions to this special issue address these issues by looking at the interplay between informal and formal institutions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. PDF © Caucasus Analytical Digest No. 114 (CSS ETH Zurich) Contents Introduction: The Interplay of Formal and Informal Institutions in the South Caucasus by the Special Editors: Farid Guliyev and...
PONARS Eurasia 26 Feb 2020
(Al Jazeera) Leaders and would-be delegates of the founding congress of an opposition party have been arrested in Kazakhstan ahead of next year's parliamentary elections, raising concerns about democratic participation in the Central Asian nation. The crackdown started last week with a reported arson and the arrest of three activists who were heading to the largest city - Almaty - for...
Harris Mylonas 25 Feb 2020
(globalcit.eu) Alan Gamlen has written an ambitious and insightful book on the emergence and spread of diaspora management institutions. The empirical puzzle that motivates this book is the slow spread of diaspora institutions up until the 1990s and their lightning-speed-spread since 2005. The author identifies three waves in this process and proposes a different logic driving it in each...

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