“No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those others that have been tried from time to time.” Churchill.
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About me: I have been interested in democratization, Russia and the CIS for about 15 years and have a MA in Political Science from UCL (University of London). I also studied at the LSE (under the late, great Fred Halliday). I have worked extensively in the region for various international organizations.
I blog from a somewhat (although by no means unreservedly) economically liberal, and pro-democracy perspective. I’m also generally pro-EU and pro-NATO. I don’t like authoritarianism or its attendant inefficiencies and corruption. My analytical framework draws strongly on aspects of historical sociology. In terms of foreign policy I’m for a pragmatic mix of realism and liberalism.
You can contact me at email@example.com if you like, or follow me on twitter; MrDemocratist.
Recent articles are listed below;
A “French Spring?”
To Rig Or Not to Rig?
Putin’s Third Term: “Potemkin Reform”
(Russian Translation): http://www.inosmi.ru/politic/20120504/191537025.html
Putin’s Third Term: Towards Instability?
(Russian Translation): http://www.inosmi.ru/politic/20120425/191144088.html
The Counter-Revolutionary Council and the Temptations of Foreign Adventurism.
(Russian Translation): http://www.inosmi.ru/politic/20120515/191997309.html
Americans, Liberasts, and Russian Democracy.
(Russian translation): http://www.inosmi.ru/politic/20120405/189986256.html
International Relations and the Arab Spring: A Non-Conspiratorial View.
(Russian translation): http://www.inosmi.ru/social/20120403/189775674.html
“Colour Revolution” and the Legitimating Myths of Putinism.
(Russian Translation): http://www.inosmi.ru/russia/20120326/189141202.html
(Russian Translation): http://www.inosmi.ru/politic/20120320/188707607.html
Spies, lies, and the OSCE.
Russian Autocracy and the Future of the Arab Spring.
(Russian Translation): http://www.inosmi.ru/politic/20120314/188124818.html
A reply to Peter Lavelle’s article, “The return of Vladimir Putin.” in The National Interest.
Book Review: “Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West.” By Edward Lucas.
Provokatsiya: Regime may be preparing stitch-up job on OSCE.
You have been weighed, and found wanting: RT and the 1st Anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution.
CSTO: What ya gonna do when they come for you?
Revolution, democracy and the West.
Lviv: Nationalist Overreaction in Galicia.
The Crimean Tatars: Future Opportunities, lingering threats.
Whispers of Change in Tiraspol.
Moldova’s 2011 local elections will confirm its European Orientation.
Ukraine: The other 2012.
Ukraine may be turning towards the EU, but integration remains a distant prospect.
Ukraine under Yanukovich.
Russia 2012: Mr. Kudrin Takes a (Semi) Stand.
Mr Putin’s Very Very Large White Elephant.
Bunga Bunga! Russia Today lends an old friend a hand.
The FSB and the Web: Out-innovated, yet again.
The Arab Spring, Susan Strange, and Western “Structural Power”.
The Great “Arab Spring” of 2011: Causes and Consequences.
The Enduring Relevance of NATO in “an Asian Age.”
Dimitry Medvedev and the autonomous power of lies.
Anna Chapman and United Russia: Inevitable Bedfellows.
Wikileaks and the Broader Foreign Policy Context.
FDI into Russia and the Forthcoming Elections
The Egyptian Revolution and the Precariousness of Modern Autocracy.
Moldova 2011: A New Opportunity for EU diplomacy.
Eric Kraus and the Khordokovsky Trial.
Russia: Counter Espionage as Foreign Policy.
Belarus 2010: “An Internal Matter”.
Belarus 2010: Electoral Coercion and Fraud Techniques.
An Introduction to the Historical Sociology of International Relations.
Democratist is currently working on a series of articles about the relationship between democracy and innovation;
i) Democracy and Innovation: Martin Wolf Makes the Liberal Case.
ii) Democracy and Innovation: A Cold War Case Study.
iii) Democracy and Innovation: Dimitry Medvedev’s Skolkovo Illusion.
iv) Crane and Usmanov: A more detailed overview of current policy and innovation.
The Russian Military Industrial Complex: An Unresolvable Discrepancy .
The FSB and the Web: Out-innovated, yet again.
NB – this an ongoing “project” and the articles we write here are liable to change/revision over time.