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Scholarly Publications

Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Postcommunist World

December 2009

This volume brings together a distinguished group of scholars working on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to examine in depth three waves of democratic change that took place in eleven...

Revolution in Orange: The Origins of Ukraine's Democratic Breakthrough

December 2006

The dramatic series of protests and political events that unfolded in Ukraine in the fall of 2004--the "Orange Revolution"--were seminal both for Ukrainian history and the history of...

Contagion Deterred: Preemptive Authoritarianism in the Former Soviet Union (the Case of Belarus)

June 2006

The wave of democratic electoral revolutions in the Eastern Europe and post-Communist Eurasia revived one of the most appealing and at the same time disputable arguments in the theory of...

News

Srinivasan speaks to using social media to create connections

October 2011

Ramesh Srinivasan, assistant professor at UCLA in design and media/information studies, delivered the Oct. 20 Liberation Technology seminar.

Stemming the democratic recession

September 2008

If the big global story of the 1980s and 1990s was the remarkable expansion of democracy, the bad news of this decade is that democracy is slipping into recession.

Troubled Transformations: Fostering Democracy and Development in a Quickly Changing World

April 2006

Wow are democracy, development, and the rule of law in transitioning societies related? How can they be promoted in the world's most troubled regions?

Events

LGBT Rights and Public Health: Tensions and Potential in Collaboration

March 13, 2014

AbstractThe framework of "LGBT rights" can be critiqued as challenging tradition or as culturally specific, yet at the same time, it can be essential to one's sense of identity and justice.

Layers of Networks: How the Street, Institutions, and Mediascape Converge in Egypt

October 20, 2011

AbstractRunning across freeways with labor organizers, speaking with taxi drivers and laborers, and visiting rural areas of Egypt convinced me during my fieldwork that neither social media...

Russia's Capitalist Revolution: Why Market Reform Succeeded and Democracy Failed

February 13, 2008

Anders Åslund is specializing on postcommunist economic transformation, especially the Russian and Ukrainian economies.