Academic journal article Demokratizatsiya

A Note from the Publisher

Academic journal article Demokratizatsiya

A Note from the Publisher

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Dear Reader,

With the publication of this Winter 2012 issue, I am very pleased to announce that the World Affairs Institute recently agreed to transfer ownership of Demokratizatsiya to IERES (the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies) at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. The journal will be guided there by Henry Hale, the institute's director and a current executive editor of Demokratizatsiya, with IERES assistant director Robert Orttung serving as managing editor. This development has been in the making for over a year, and all of us at World Affairs are confident that Henry, and his talented team at the Elliott School, will take the journal to new and exciting heights of excellence and relevance.

Demokratizatsiya was founded in 1990 (with the first issue appearing in 1992) by a small cadre of students at American University to examine the democratic reforms taking place at the time in the Soviet Union and, as the empire dissolved, the historical transformation that continues to this day in the union's successor states. In short order, after its founding, Demokratizatsiya became the go-to journal for those looking for intelligent, in-depth, current, and comprehensive insight into the region's political, security, and economic development. Over time, the journal's list of contributors, as well as its editorial board (listed on the inside front cover) has attracted a group of leading policy experts as well as a handful of towering Russian and other post-Soviet reformers, together representing a veritable Who's Who in the field. …

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