Elections in De Facto States
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
Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff
Deputy Director and Fellow, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program