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Covid-19 and the Politics of Authoritarianism in Central Asia

In this article, we compare the differing responses of the five Central Asian republics to Covid-19. We pay particular attention to how the virus presents opportunities to strengthen authoritarian rule within the region: for authoritarian regimes, the virus offers an opportunity to suppress dissent and strengthen authoritarian norms. While authoritarian states have recognised the spread of the virus in order to receive international humanitarian assistance, they have hidden the true number of infected and victims of the disease, as well as forbidding doctors to talk about the dangerous working conditions in hospitals, and imprisoning citizens for spreading false information.

By Edward Lemon and Oleg Antonov No Comments on Covid-19 and the Politics of Authoritarianism in Central Asia

How the pandemic has helped officials to control, manipulate and enrich in Azerbaijan

The period of pandemic demonstrated the main problem which affected dynamic of statistics and overall situation in the country – a lack of trust of citizens in the state institutions, adding to their already undermined fabric by many years of exclusive policies of the self-interest driven elite. The pandemic situation could have served as an excuse for solidarity and mobilization of the society vis-a-vis common threat. Instead it was used by the government to strengthen its power.

By Leila Alieva No Comments on How the pandemic has helped officials to control, manipulate and enrich in Azerbaijan

The Covid-19 Pandemic in Belarus: Wither the Social Contract?

As the citizens in this time of crisis have found they have to take responsibility for their own and others wellbeing the social contract could potentially be considered broken, or at least breaking. Perhaps this in fact the reason the Belarusian authorities have found themselves faced with a unique volatile situation as the general frustration over how they handled the Covid-19 situation is spilling over to the ongoing presidential election campaign.

By Sofie Bedford No Comments on The Covid-19 Pandemic in Belarus: Wither the Social Contract?

In Poland, COVID-19 exposes progressing societal militarization

As Poland lifts restrictions and comes out of the lockdown ensued by COVID-19, much has been said on what the pandemic has revealed about our economy, public institutions, gender relations, and state of democratic checks and balances. What has been less discussed, yet not gone unnoticed, is the way this security crisis has revealed ongoing processes of societal militarization, and the shift of society-military relations towards closer ties and interactions. Just like the war in Ukraine and the Refugee Crisis, Covid-19 has further normalized bringing the Polish society into defense through militarized channels. However, a closer look reveals the potential for shifting this process into more civilian-based forms.

By Weronika Grzebalska No Comments on In Poland, COVID-19 exposes progressing societal militarization

Latvia’s e-parliament does it from a distance

The Covid-19 pandemic created the need to find a new way for 100 Latvian MP’s to debate and pass laws without sitting side-by-side in their historical parliamentary hall. A new e-system now enables Latvian MP’s to perform their legislative functions from anywhere they have an Internet connection.

By Ojars Eriks Kalnins No Comments on Latvia’s e-parliament does it from a distance

The pandemic experience and the lockdown in Albania

We can all agree that this pandemic is hard to manage and that the saving citizens’ life is the most important issue to deal with initially, but let us reflect on the consequences of the responses. The pandemic experience and the lockdown in Albania, among other perspectives, can be analysed by answering two main questions: 1. What is the socio-economic cost of the lockdown for almost 3 months? 2. What are the implications for the democratic system, is the freedom challenged?

By Gilda Hoxha No Comments on The pandemic experience and the lockdown in Albania

Baltic Worlds’ Online Coverage: “The Impacts of the Pandemic”

Baltic Worlds' Online Covid-19 Coverage examines how politicians in different parts of the region are reacting to the crisis, and to what consequences.

By Ninna Mörner No Comments on Baltic Worlds’ Online Coverage: “The Impacts of the Pandemic”

Feminists revisit the breakups and breakthrough of 1989

Conversation with Slavenka Drakulić, Croatia; Samirah Kenawi, Germany; Tamara Hundorova, Ukraine; Ewa Kulik-Bielińska, Poland; and Olga Lipovskaia, Russia.

By Witness Seminar No Comments on Feminists revisit the breakups and breakthrough of 1989

Remembering & reimagining rural communities

Each contribution in this special section here presented, provides different cases and different ways of considering the tensions between local communities and national policies, between pasts that ground people and pasts which hold them back, and between the survival or memorialisation of one form of heritage and its reimagining in another form for other ends. However, for all contributors the heritage itself, and especially various processes of heritagization, are “not about the past but about the use (and abuse) of the past to educate — and at times inculcate — the public.”

By Paul Sherfey and Jiří Woitsch No Comments on Remembering & reimagining rural communities

Introduction Special Section Life in the Archipelago The Baltic Sea Region Archipelagos and Islands: Conditions and challenges

This special issue deals with a number of questions related to the livelihoods of people, economic conditions, challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs located on the archipelagos and islands of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). While some local conditions, problems, and challenges are shared by all rural, remote, and peripheral areas, the BRS archipelagos and islands have their own unique characteristics.

By Paulina Rytkönen and Nadir Kinossian No Comments on The Baltic Sea Region Archipelagos and Islands: Conditions and challenges