Looking at Armenia’s Velvet Revolution, Dinara Pisareva finds that democratic support played a key role in motivating Armenians to join protests.Text Link
Leonid Issaev finds that between 1991 and 2021, Moscow’s Middle East policy successively employed all three of the strategies for achieving status posited by social identify theory: social mobility, social competition, and social creativity.Text Link
Khmelnitskaya, Sätre, and Pape examine governance in Russia through the case of family policy, determining that the country has a "nested model" of authoritarian governance with three main layers.Text Link
Romanova and Umland demonstrate how Ukraine’s local governance reform has improved public service delivery, increased resilience in the face of war, and supported Europeanization, potentially making the country a model for other democratizing states.Text Link
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