Mitch Riding

Mitch is a final year History, Politics and Economics student at UCL. He has keen interests in issues related to the Former Soviet Union, as well as Central and Eastern Europe.

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From Potsdam to Putin: 70 years of Russian strategy in Libya

Illustration credit: Olivia May (@olivia_may_graphics) At the Potsdam Conference in 1945, as WWII wound down, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin sought trusteeship over Libya – an…

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Unassailable or unenviable? Putin's position in Syria

Illustration credit: Olivia May (olivia_may_graphics ) Russia deployed approximately 4,000 personnel to Syria in September 2015 and eventually succeeded in preventing the capitulation of…

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Authoritarian learning in Central Asia: Russia’s nefarious influence

Illustration: Rachel Cottrell Background Authoritarian learning has been defined as “a process in which authoritarian regimes adopt survival strategies based upon the prior successes and failures…

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Populism in Central and Eastern Europe: a backlash against the post-1989 order?

Illustration credit: Rosie Bromiley 1989 was a truly historic year in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE): as Poland led the way in holding (generally) free elections…

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