Russia Category

What do you want, Putin?

I shouldn’t be writing this. Exams are just around the corner and I haven’t so much as dented revision. I really should be reading a textbook (doesn’t Using Political Ideas sound perfect for late-night perusal?) or going through lecture notes, consolidating knowledge – what knowledge? – or doing something vaguely productive. But hey, it’s Sunday […]

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Only questions

Sometimes there is a problem to which no one has an answer, to which there is no answer. So it seems with the Syrian crisis – the ‘worst war of our time’ as one Newsnight reporter put it yesterday. Sorry Obama, Cameron and Hollande, for all your good intentions you’ll just have to wait this […]

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Evaluation of Russia’s democratic history 1996-2012

This is my senior scholarship, an essay I wrote over the summer as an extension to my studies.How has democracy progressed in Russia? A comparison of the 1996 and 2012 Presidential elections While most European states moved towards, and in a majority of cases fully adopted, democracy in the 19th and 20th centuries, Russia was still controlled […]

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2012 – another year of change?

Welcome to my 2012 predictions post, where I’m going to detail how and why I think things are going to go this year. I’d love to get some debate going, so please comment to tell me why I am wrong – there’s nothing better than an argument. The Arab springI think 2012 will see a […]

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