The "revolutionary stage" of the post-Soviet era is over. Russia is now facing a second conversion: from the post-Soviet era of transition into a consolidated Russian nation-state. The priority for the Yeltsin regime was to minimize the harm of the fragmentation of the Soviet Union. For Putin, the priority will be to create a new unified national identity.
Carnegie Non-Proliferation Conference
Presentation by Yegor Gaidar, former acting prime minister of Russia
History of the Nuclear Age Series
The Venezuelan Constituent Assembly has considered or accepted constitutional changes of dubious democratic character and President Hugo Chávez has deeply involved the military in governance tasks. Is Chávez’s “political revolution” a series of haphazard changes or does it mark a coordinated move towards authoritarianism?
By supporting expensive institutions and processes of democratization, democracy assistance creates political systems that are financially unsustainable for less developed countries. There are less expensive donor strategies that could help to produce more economically viable democratizations.