Kelly McMann
(Comparative Politics) Abstract: Studies of a small number of countries have revealed that both democratic and non-democratic subnational governments can exist within a single country. However, these works have neither demonstrated how common subnational regime variation is nor explained why some...
Gulnaz Sharafutdinova
(King's Russia Institute) Book launch: The Red Mirror: Putin's Leadership and Russia's Insecure Identity by Gulnaz Sharafutdinova. Discussant: Maxim Trudolyubov, Opinion Editor, Meduza. Chair: Samuel Greene, King's Russia Institute, King's College London. Tuesday, November 24. London: 17:30-19:00...
Alexandra Yatsyk
(Populism) Abstract: This paper examines the discourse of PiS party in Poland as a form of biopolitical populism. I view this phenomenon as a specific style of political discourse rather than an ideology, that, first, focuses on bodily issues, including family and gender policy, sexual behavior,...
Olga IakimovaOlga Iakimova
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) After nearly seven decades of official atheism, it took twenty years for Russia to introduce religious education in public schools. This decision was extremely controversial at the time and remains quite polarizing now. Since 2012, a mandatory course on world religions...
Margarita Zavadskaya
(Riddle) Two significant public uprisings recently took place in the post-Soviet space: large-scale protests in Belarus, which began after the scandal-filled presidential elections, and the change of power in Kyrgyzstan. In this context, some observers once again recalled the “colour revolutions”...
PONARS Eurasia
(OpenDemocracy) On 25 October, Ukraine held local elections across the country, heralding the final stage of a much-lauded decentralisation of administrative power - and a serious loss for president Zelenskyi’s Servant of the People party. While 11 cities are scheduled to hold a second round in...
Adam StulbergJonathan Darsey
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) These days there is much ado about the international security consequences of the slumping U.S. nuclear industry. With cheaper natural gas and the declining cost of renewables, the industry faces strong headwinds just as Russia’s commercial nuclear sector is emerging as...
PONARS Eurasia
(JAMnews) Unexpected bills have been put forward in the Russian Duma, guaranteeing immunity to former presidents of the country. This initiative looks strange given that the current leader of the country Vladimir Putin has no obstacles to continue ruling the country for many years to come. At the...
PONARS Eurasia
(Dif.org) Oleksiy Haran, a professor of political science at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and research director at the Democratic Initiatives think tank, suggested that the contrast between the president's apparent attitudes and U.S. policy -- on Ukraine and other issues -- is likely to fade under Biden...
Regina Smyth
(Conversation) The 2020 election, in which Joe Biden is the projected winner, is not what a rigged election looks like. Rigged elections are organized. Vote counts certainly don’t play out in front of the country on television screens. When it’s a decentralized, sprawling affair that is broadcast...

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