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Elections in De Facto States

April 16, 2013 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm EDT

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Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Transnistria

Unlike many of the successor states of the Soviet Union, de facto states such as Abkhazia and Transnistria have already witnessed a post-election transfer of power from government to opposition. In his presentation, Dr. Donnacha Ó Beacháin of Dublin City University will chart the development of electoral politics in post-Soviet unrecognised or partially recognised de facto states, namely Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria, and will provide a comprehensive assessment of the dynamics of electoral politics within these three unrecognised or partially recognised post-Soviet states.

Donnacha Ó Beacháin is a faculty member of the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, where he lectures on post-Soviet politics and Irish foreign policy. Recent and forthcoming books include The Colour Revolutions in the Former Soviet Republics: Successes and Failures (co-editor, Routledge, 2010), Destiny of the Soldiers: Fianna Fáil, Irish Republicanism and the IRA (Gill and Macmillan, 2010), Life in Post-Communist Eastern Europe after EU Membership (co-editor, Routledge, 2012), Political Communication in Ireland (co-editor, Liverpool University Press, 2013) and The Irish Government and the Northern Ireland Conflict: The Politics of Partition (Manchester University Press, 2014).

Dr. Donnacha Ó Beacháin 
Lecturer, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University

Dr. Sergey Markedonov
Visiting Fellow, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program

Moderated by:
Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff
Deputy Director and Fellow, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program




Jeffrey Mankoff
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program