Demokratizatsiya

Journal covering past and current political, economical, social, and legal changes and developments in the Soviet Union and its successor states.

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 2, Spring

Coming of Age in Post-Soviet Central Asia
New Dilemmas and Challenoes Facing Youth and Children In 1996, I was interviewing families in Kyrgyzstan about the impact of the country's economic changes on everyday life.(1) A conversation with an elderly Kyrgyz man named Bolot was particularly...
Foreign Trade Policymaking in Belarus: Current Practices and Problems
Integration of Belarus into the world economy is one of the official priorities of Belarusian national policy. However, despite numerous government economic programs, Belarus does not have a well-defined foreign trade strategy. Understanding the problems...
Is It Power or Principle?
A Footnote on the Talbott Doctrine As long as there are reformers in the Russian Federation and the other states leading the journey toward democracy's horizon, our strategy must be to support them. And our place must be at their side. --President...
Politics in Post-Soviet Russia: Where Are the Women?
In March 1991 the first national gathering of independent women's organizations in the USSR met at Dubna under the slogan "Democracy Minus Women Is Not Democracy," thus highlighting the absence of women's voices in high-level decision making. The breakup...
Putin and Shoigu: Reversing Russia's Decline
With his March 2000 presidential victory, Vladimir Putin is ready to put his mark on Russian politics after Boris Yeltsin's chaotic regime,(1) Earlier, 60 percent turnout in the 19 December 1999 elections voted for a Duma that, with Communist Party...
The Russian State Duma, On-Stage and Off: Inquiry, Impeachment, and Opposition
Legislatures in mixed regimes the world over are often less popular than presidents, dismissed as "talking shops" while executive power lays claim to active and decisive leadership.(1) This tendency is clear in Russia's relatively new political institutions,...
The Social-Psychological Roots of the Ethnic Problems in Crimea
Crimea is one of many regions of the former Soviet Union that are fraught with economic, political, and social instability. Surrounded by the Black Sea, the Crimean peninsula was a prime vacation spot during the Soviet era. Now a part of Ukraine, Crimea...
The Walls That Have Yet to Fall
Belarus as a Mirror of CIS Transition Ten years ago several Eastern European communist regimes fell, and the countries of the former Warsaw Pact were freed from Soviet dominance. The fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989 has become the main...
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