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Good News from the Caucasus? An Introduction to the Special Issue

Six months on from Armenia’s Velvet Revolution, a team of scholars explores what’s next for the country.

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The Armenian Anomaly: Toward an Interdisciplinary Interpretation

Georgi Derluguian and Ruben Hovhannisyan look at the Velvet Revolution through the lens of Armenia’s history as a diaspora and experience of civic mobilization.

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The Velvet Revolution in Armenia: How to Lose Power in Two Weeks

Alexander Iskandaryan explores the political causes of the Velvet Revolution in a context of limited institutional opposition.

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My Step Aside from Sasna Tsrer: The Dynamics of Protest Coalitions in Armenia, 2016 and 2018

Nikolai Silaev and Ivan Fomin compare two Armenian protest coalitions: Sasna Tsrer in 2016 and My Step in 2018. How do they differ?

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Velvet Revolution, Armenian Style

Levon Abrahamian and Gayane Shagoyan’s anthropological fieldwork illuminates what made the Velvet Revolution so successful on the ground.

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Post-Velvet Revolution Armenia's Foreign Policy Challenges

What’s next for Armenia’s foreign policy? Alexander Markarov and Vahe Davtyan weigh in on whether the revolution has changed anything.

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In each quarterly issue, distinguished and emerging scholars from around the world address politics, economics, social issues, legal systems, nationalities, international relations, and human rights. Recent articles have covered blogging in Runet, the Donbass War, and the portrayal of female heroes in Kyrgyz nation-building.

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Russian State Coverage of the 2016 US Presidential Election: An Interview with Tina Burrett

Tina Burrett discusses her research on Russian TV news during the election and shares surprising findings. Plus, find out Tina's advice for young scholars.

Authoritarians and Elections: A Conversation with Donnacha Ó Beacháin

Central Asia expert and Demokratizatsiya contributor Donnacha Ó Beacháin discusses regional elections, authoritarianism, and what young scholars should know.

Elections in Post-Soviet Space: A Conversation with Sofie Bedford and Ryhor Nizhnikau

Sofie Bedford and Ryhor Nizhnikau take us behind the scenes of the October 2017 special issue about post-Soviet elections.

Anonymous Women and "Honorary Males": A Conversation with Nuraida Abdykapar kyzy

Read on for a look at the research behind 'Female Heroes in a Man's World: The Construction of Female Heroes in Kyrgyzstan's Symbolic Nation-Building" (April 2017) and to find out what's next for Nuraida.

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The journal covers politics, economics, social issues, crime, legal systems, nationalities, international relations, human rights, and other topics, with a focus on developments since the end of the Soviet Union.

We welcome submissions of articles by recognized and emerging academics, journalists, practitioners and other specialists. We are especially interested in scholarly articles that have policy relevance. Historically, Demokratizatsiya has published English language articles ranging between 6,000 and 10,000 words in length.

Additionally, as part of our commitment to develop and publish new voices, we have recently added a new section, “Perspectives: Concise Analyses of Current Events.” The section will include short pieces (about 2,000 – 3,000 words) from undergraduates, graduate students, and early-career scholars who have something to say on a range of contemporary topics in post-Soviet space. We’re looking for the same policy relevance and focus on democratization as we seek in our longer articles, but in a more concise, timely package. Once authors submit an article, our editorial team will work with each one individually to develop their work, providing extensive editorial feedback.

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