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Putin’s return to the presidency has been orchestrated as the resounding confirmation of the system of creeping authoritarianism and crippling political patronage he created during his first two terms in office. It dispelled any hopes of change that many, both at home and abroad, saw in the one term presidency of Dmitri Medvedev. The article looks at the broad sweep of recent developments in Russian politics in order to extrapolate main trends, which are likely to shape Russia’s domestic situation as well as its foreign policy in the next decade. It concludes that although the much-desired semblance of stability has returned for the time being, by ignoring some deep structural flaws of the present system, the ruling regime might precipitate its own demise in the long run.
 
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Jakub Kulhanek
Jakub Kulhanek
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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