On October 9 presidential elections were held in Azerbaijan. As a result of the criticized 2009 amendment to the constitution the two-term limit for the presidency was removedand the incumbent, President Ilham Aliyev, could stand as candidate fora third time. Nobody was surprised when he won again.
Sofie Bedford has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stockholm University and an MA in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University. The title of herPhD thesis is Islamic Activism in Azerbaijan: Repression and Mobilization in a Post-Soviet Context (Stockholm: Dep. of Political Science 2009).Her main research interest is social movements and political, ethnic and religious mobilization. Empirically her expertise lies within the post-Soviet sphere.She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University where her new research project focuses on political activism in Azerbaijan.
Articles by Sofie Bedford
On October 10 the people of Kyrgyzstan elected a new national parliament (Jogorku Kenesh) in an election that has been described as the most free and fair ever in a post-Soviet Central Asian republic. A closer look at the elections as well as their results indicates certain obstacles on the road to a prosperous parliamentary system.