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. 14, No. 4, Fall

Geopolitics versus Democracy in Tajikistan
In December 2002, a year after the launch of the war on terror and the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan, a regional newspaper in Tajikistan's northern province invoked a folkloric tale to explain U.S. behavior in Tajikistan. This was a tale of...
Inventing Akromiya: The Role of Uzbek Propagandists in the Andijon Massacre
IntroductionOn May 16, 2006, a group of scholars, policy experts, and journalists convened at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, for the unveiling of a video that promised to reveal the truth about the violent events in the city of Andijon, Uzbekistan,...
Mythmaking and Its Discontents in the 2004 Ukrainian Presidential Campaign
IntroductionThe phenomenon of the Orange Revolution will remain the object of analysis for political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, and others for a long time. Were the events of fall-winter 2004 the spontaneous expression of the will of Ukrainians,...
Nationalism and the Transition to Democracy: The Post-Soviet Experience
The collapse of the USSR resulted in the emergence of fifteen new, independent states on the territory of the former Soviet Union. This development was widely heralded at the time as constituting a major surge in the broader wave of democratization that...
The Genesis of the European Union's Relations with Ukraine and Belarus
INTERVIEW WITH LUIS MORENOLuis Moreno, a Spanish diplomat, was the first European Community/European Union ambassador to Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova. He served in the EC/EU Delegation in Kyiv from 1993 to 1998.Demokratizatsiya. There is a feeling that...
The Orange Revolution at the Crossroads
Ukraine is in the second year of an Orange coalition following the election of Viktor Yushchenko as president in January 2005. President Yushchenko came to power on the back of the Orange Revolution, ostensibly the fifth democratic revolution in a postcommunist...
The Political Economy of the Resource Curse in Russia
IntroductionThe idea of a resource curse is a well-visited concept in political economy. It suggests a causal link between the inability of an economy to grow and develop in accordance with classical economic growth theory and the abundance of the natural...
The Use of Rhetoric and the Mass Media in Russia's War on Terror
IntroductionRussian President Vladimir Putin has built his political career on fighting terrorism in Russia. The apparent early "successes" of the 1999 conventional military campaign in Chechnya have been replaced by drawn-out guerrilla warfare, which...
Why Donbass Votes for Yanukovych: Confronting the Ukrainian Orange Revolution
IntroductionThe 2004 presidential election in Ukraine attracted the attention of the international community and became known as the Orange Revolution. This extraordinary event in the political life of the post-Soviet world, along with the preceding...
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