China moving towards Autocracy? A Case for a terminological Clarification

Antje Kästner, 11 March 2018 - China’s National People’s Congress changed the country’s constitution as to remove the ten-year presidential term limit, allowing President Xi to remain in power indefinitely. What implications does this have for China’s political system? Is it becoming more autocratic or more dictatorial? The terminological confusion surrounding political events in China … Continue reading China moving towards Autocracy? A Case for a terminological Clarification

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Infographic: Russia’s 2018 Presidential Elections

Antje Kästner, 9 March 2018 - On 18 March 2018, Russians are electing their President for the next six years. Incumbent President Vladimir Putin enjoys high approval rates and will most likely be re-elected. Yet, many Russians may opt not to take part in the vote. The infographic is putting Russia’s presidential elections of 18 March 2018 … Continue reading Infographic: Russia’s 2018 Presidential Elections

Presidential Elections in Kyrgyzstan: Democratic Competition in a Clan Society

Antje Kästner, 10 October 2017 - On 15 October, Kyrgyzstan is electing a new president. These elections are a small sensation in the Central Asian country, because they could mark the first peaceful power transfer since independence. President Atambayev is not seeking another term. At the same time, it is uncertain whether the ruling party’s candidate … Continue reading Presidential Elections in Kyrgyzstan: Democratic Competition in a Clan Society