23 մայիս, 2017 20:55
Ronald Suny, Professor at the University of Chicago, presented a talk entitled “Where Did All the Transitions Go? Façade Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Post-Soviet World” at a conference entitled END OF TRANSITION: Armenia 25 Years On. Now What?, organized by the USC Institute of Armenian Studies in Yerevan, on May 23-24. CivilNet LIVE streamed the conference. Below is the full text of Professor Suny’s lecture. Let’s turn our minds back to those difficult, exciting, euphoric days a quarter century ago. It was a time of triumphant optimism; the end of dictatorship and the promise of democracy; a return, it was said, to the “path of civilization;” and an “end of history” with the universal establishment of western-style liberal societies that would look a lot like the United States and Britain but with all the welfare guarantees of Sweden or Norway. Armenia, it was believed, would become a new Singapore or Hong Kong.