What's in Store for Color Revolutions? Managing a New Rise of Discontent in a Time of Crisis

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Baev, Pavel K. (2010) What's in Store for Color Revolutions? Managing a New Rise of Discontent in a Time of Crisis, PONARS Eurasia Memo , 101. : .

Every color revolution is certainly sui generis, with its own particular trajectory and special emotional catharsis.

The proposition that Putin’s Russia might become the epicenter of a new wave of revolutions might seem preposterous, but it is worth noting that Dagestan is currently the most violent hot spot in the "zone of instability" running from Central Asia to the Balkans.

Overall, the weakening of corrupt regimes caused by the protracted recession increases the chances for success in one of the next revolutions, but it appears probable that accumulated anger could turn peaceful protests ugly, while desperate despots could resort to military means for suppressing the opposition.

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