Author: John Chrobak

John is a U2 student from Montreal doing a double major in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Russian Language. He is interested in Central & Eastern European and Post-Soviet Politics, American Politics, and the structure and functionality of democracies and their electoral systems.

What Happened to Competition in Russia?

“Competitive authoritarian regimes [are] competitive, in that democratic institutions are not merely a façade: opposition parties use them to seriously contest for power; but they are authoritarian in that opposition forces are handicapped by a highly uneven – and sometimes…

Miloš Zeman: Pushing Czech Foreign Policy East

October 28th marked 98 years since the founding of Czechoslovakia. A national holiday in the Czech Republic, the day provides an opportune moment for reflecting on the plethora of social and political changes that have marked the country since the…

Avoiding the Second Cold War

On Monday, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would begin withdrawing select parts of its forces from Syria. This announcement, which comes in tangent with the news of closer Russian-American cooperation in Syria to combat the presence of ISIS,…

The Hidden Battle the Democrats are Losing

As the 2016 presidential election slowly approaches, more heads turn to pay attention to what is likely the most entertaining political event currently occurring. Things have certainly heated up in recent days as the Democratic primary race has been narrowed…