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About William Echols

William Echols formerly served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan and has an MA in International Politics from Queen's University Belfast. He has spent nearly 10 years living and traveling around the post-Soviet world, working as a volunteer, journalist, teacher and translator. He is also the founder of the blog Russian Avos.

Articles by William Echols

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

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Will the restoration of democratic institutions in Russia usher in a liberal paradise? The answer could very well be “no”.

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Alongside partners east and west, Kazakhstan has learned how to play a quiet balancing act—with lessons for the Kremlin.

 

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