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Mongolia is a large, sparsely populated, landlocked country sandwiched between two much stronger neighbours: Russia and China. For much of the past 300 years, the country has been dominated by one or the other of these two powers. Since its transition to democracy and a market economy in the early 1990s, it has pursued a ‘multi-pillar’ foreign policy that looks to ...
Russia, a regime buoyed by oil riches, could well face rumblings of discontent as resources dwindle and austerity measures take hold. Russians have enjoyed a freedom not known for decades. So how will Vladimir Putin, in the role of president, package a 'social contract' which maintains his leaning for authoritarianism with a democracy his people will demand? asks ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund