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Is Vladimir Putin a dictator or not?

The Wikipedia article on Putin is quite balanced, and gives a brief summary of his career. It should help you understand what kind of leader Putin is. Whether or not Putin can reasonably be called a “dictator” is a more difficult question to answer. The concept “dictator” is vague, used in many different senses, and its meaning is in large part in the mind of the beholder. You can read the Wikipedia article on dictatorship, but it won’t help you much. Some dictatorships...


A French perspective on the Ukrainian crisis

... of the local elections in Donbas (need to take into account that a majority of people left, and necessity of international observance) - the securitization of the elections 3-Encourage the OSCE special monitoring mission including - the training on human rights monitoring and hate crime - workshops on political parties financing - meeting on women’s participation - seminars on Parliamentary ethics - dialogue among religious or belief communities, civil society organizations, and relevant state ...


The issue of drug trafficking from Afghanistan in Central Asia and proposed solutions

The issue of drug trafficking from Afghanistan in Central Asia and proposed solutions A brief summary of the problem During the Soviet Union drug was considered a ‘capitalist disease’, and therefore, the drug problem in Central Asia seems to be new. Drug trade is rooted especially in the war in Afghanistan (1979-1989), during which drug addiction spread and transnational trafficking began. Trafficking of drugs embraces production, sale, and transfer of narcotics. More than 75%...


How the Refugee Crisis changed the conception of European identity

... identity. The common Roman political-legal traditions, or the Christian, Greek and Judaic cultural heritages seem to unify EU members. Conversely, liberals and republicans conceptualize European identity as being embedded in the values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law[6]. If a liberal conception prevailed over the first in the last decades, events such as the refugee crisis tend to reinforce a communitarian approach to European identity. Indeed, a renewal and reinforcement of identity ...


No More Rise of China?

... community. For instance, the U.S. Congress is currently debating the “Global Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act,” which will allow the U.S. government to impose sanctions with respect to foreign government officials perpetrating gross human rights violations. In the fall of 2014, the “umbrella revolution” took more than 100,000 protesters to the streets of Hong Kong. Quite expectedly, many of them joined the protest after a violent reaction from the police. The situation ...


Letter to a young political science colleague in Russia

... broad-based support outside the ruling elites. Yet there are indications that such a support base may be slowly beginning to emerge. Whatever the solution, it will have to involve more than just talking about exalted principles, like democracy, freedom, and human rights--important as these may be. The fate of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine is evidence of this. President Obama’s current problems also show how difficult it is to bring about the kind of “change that matters” which he promised,...


Russia: NGO registration, democracy, and civil society

If I were a Russian citizen, I would be somewhat troubled by recent Russian legislation requiring foreign-funded Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to register as foreign agents. However, as a social scientist I see the Universe unfolding as it should in Russia. The widespread view that civil society is being rolled back rests on a mistaken assumption that civil society can be rolled back by actions of governments. On the contrary civil society is autonomous, by definition. It has a life of...


Ukraine crisis: Need for a new order in Europe and Eurasia

... support from the NATO member nations to help ensure protection for the rights, life and dignity of the Russian minorities. It is now more widely understood that this is not only a major humanitarian problem - the global task of guaranteeing respect for human rights - but it also affects stability in an enormous region." Federalization of Ukraine would appear to be an obvious solution yet, for some reason the view is widespread in Ukraine that federalization would mean the end of Ukrainian statehood....


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  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
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