Deteriorating Perceptions of FSU Democracies

by Flora Kwong The Soviet Union did not have a strong reputation for liberal democracy or political freedom. Structured upon a foundation of socialism, the government was centrally-controlled by the Communist Party and exercised its will through political repression. The Gulag administered forced labor camps, where political dissidents were often sent. At the fall of…

Navigating New Depths of Democracy and Identity

We proudly present the first issue of Polemics of the 2013/ 2014 academic year. Last year, the magazine underwent a dramatic redesign, and we continue to raise the already demanding standards of writing. We have also re-established the French and German language section Relations│internationale(s)│Beziehungen, to embrace the Diplomatic Academy’s multilingual ethos. We are proud of our new team,…