(Eurasianet) Cory Welt is quoted in an article about the "Freedom in the World 2013" report by Freedom House. Excerpt:
Despite the noted progress, the democratization process in the region still has many shortcomings, said Cory Welt, a political science professor at George Washington University and an expert on the Caucasus. Azerbaijan, in democratization terms, remained aproblematic country. Freedom House rated Baku as “not free” and gave it scores of 6 for political rights and 5 for civil rights. In addition, the separatist territory of South Ossetia registered a 7 in political rights and 6 in civil rights.
Welt also noted that while “the situation on the ground” in Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh have indeed improved for the people living there, “Nagorno-Karabakh and, especially, Abkhazia ratings raise the perennial question of how to rate political rights in entities that have ethnically cleansed large percentages of their population.”
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