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Demokratizatsiya is ‪looking for submissions on "African-Americans and Africans in the Soviet Union and African-Russians Today" to be considered for a special issue in Winter 2022.‬

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Poverty and Morality: A Field Theory Analysis of Russia’s Struggling Provincial Journalism

Drawing on a decade of data, Erzikova and Lowrey find an increase in external pressure that has allowed regional governments set newspapers' agendas.

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State Information Contracts: The Economic Leverage of Regional Media Control in Russia

State information contracts have become a powerful tool for regional governments to control the media, Dovbysh and Mukhametov argue.

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Local Dimensions of Media Freedom: A Comparative Analysis of News Media Landscapes in 33 Russian Regions

Comparing 33 Russian regions, Litvinenko and Nigmatullina analyze the environments, participants, and practices of the leading mediated publics.

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Identity Discourse in Local Newspapers Before, During, and After Military Conflict: A Case Study of Kramatorsk

What happened to identity discourse in local newspapers during the Ukraine conflict? Jon Roozenbeek sees the growth of national (Ukrainian) discourse.

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Integration or Absorption? Analyzing the Propagandist Narratives Generated by Russia-Backed Online Regional Media in Belarus

How did Russia-backed local media promote their agenda and win support among Belarusians during "integration" negotiations? Vasil Navumau investigates.

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About Demokratizatsiya

Interested in understanding post-Soviet transformation? Look no further! Since 1992, Demokratizatsiya contributors have been providing scholarly insights into the forces that shape the region, from perestroika to Putin.

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.

Demokratizatsiya is ranked in Scopus. As of January 2020, the journal is in the 68th percentile of social science journals, with a CiteScore of 0.92.

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Infographic #1: Belarus

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #2: Armenia

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #3: Ukraine

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #4: The Russian Opposition

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #5: Central Asian Media

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #6: Azerbaijan

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #7: Russia-China Relations

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #8: Putin and Medvedev

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #9: Kyrgyzstan

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

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.

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.

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.

There are no costs associated with submitting a manuscript to Demokratizatsiya or having it published. Each manuscript submitted will be evaluated by double blind peer review by at least two reviewers with published scholarship on related topics. We hope to respond to each submission within four months. We will only accept a manuscript for peer review if the manuscript is not being considered for publication by any other journal. You are welcome to publish the pre-prints online after the text has been accepted for publication.

Our submission guidelines are available here. For more information or to submit a manuscript, please contact Robert Orttung, editor, and Ellen Powell, managing editor, at demjournal@gwu.edu.

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