RUCARR Web Conference Nov 10 2020

The RUCARR web conference on November 10 will host two roundtables addressing (1) Putin’s “constitutional coup”: context and implications, and (2) The parliamentary elections in Georgia – new challenges for stability and democratic development.

ROUNDTABLE (1) Putin’s “constitutional coup”: context and implications

After having vowed for several years that he will never tamper with the Russian Constitution to extend his mandate as President, Vladimir Putin did just that in a surprise move in the spring of 2020. After the proposed changes had been confirmed by the  Russian state duma, the constitutional court and even by popular vote, a package of amendments to the 1993 constitution made it possible for Putin, will and health permitting, to remain in office until 2036. The roundtable discusses the implications of the recent changes for the legitimacy of the political system, for the processes of political succession, and for domestic and foreign politics in Russia.

ROUNDTABLE (2) The parliamentary elections in Georgia – new challenges for stability and democracy

In recent years Georgia has seen political polarisation and instability against recurring crises in the parliament. This has included actions of boycott by the major opposition parties who have insisted that the electoral system has largely contributed to the Georgian Dream party securing its dominating position in the 2016 parliamentary elections. The country is now set for parliamentary elections in October 2020 with a new election law that has been reformed in the direction of a proportional system. Against this background the roundtable will discuss the results of elections and new challenges for stability and continued democratic development in Georgia.

Active participation in roundtables

For active participation in one of the roundtables, please send us a short CV and 5-10 bullet points that you would like to raise  during the discussion. Be sure to state your name,  affiliation and contact email addresses and send us the bullet points (in English) no later that October 15, 2020 to  Language: English (Word document).

Important dates

Deadline for abstract/topic submission: 15 October, 2020
Outcome of reviewing process by: 20 October, 2020
Deadline for registration, with or without address: October 30, 2020

Format of the conference

All parts of the event will be conducted online.


A link to the registration form will be available here.

Organizing committee

Prof. Bo Petersson, Prof. Karina Vamling, Dr. Katrine Gotfredsen, Dr. Derek Hutcheson, Dr. Christofer Berglund.

RUCARR Fifth Annual Conference postponeed

Note, that due to the continuously uncertain situation with the covid-19 pandemic, the RUCARR Fifth Annual Conference, scheduled for November 2020,  has been postponed to the spring of 2021.


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