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These Colors May Run: The Backlash Against the U.S.-Backed 'Democratic Revolutions' in Eurasia

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The victory of Viktor Yanukovych in the second round of Ukraine’s 2010 presidential election has been widely portrayed as a rebuke of the 2004 Orange Revolution and the pro-Western alignment it ushered in. Even before the election, however, the effects of the Eurasian color revolutions, celebrated with such euphoria in some Western foreign policy circles in the mid-2000s, had far-reaching and unintended consequences which have proven to be detrimental to U.S. influence and credibility in the region. [...]

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Tow Professor of Political Science; Director of the Harriman Institute
Barnard College, Columbia University