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De Facto States and Democracy: The Case of Abkhazia

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De-facto states constitute an interesting and important anomaly in the international system of sovereign states. No matter how successful and efficient in the administration of their territories they are, they fail to achieve international recognition. In the past, their claims for independence were based primarily on the right to national self-determination, historical continuity and claim for a remedial right to secession, based on alleged human-rights violations. Since 2005, official representatives of several de facto states have repeatedly emphasised the importance of democracy promotion in their political entities. A possible explanation of this phenomenon dwells in the belief that those states which have demonstrated their economic viability and promote the organization of a democratic state should gain their sovereignty. This article demonstrates the so called “democracy-for-recognition strategy” in the case study of Abkhazia. On the basis of the field research in Abkhazia we identify factors that promote, as well as those that obstruct the democratisation process in the country.

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Capacities of African-oriented Polish NGOs: a quantitative approach

the rest of the world - in Polish). Retrieved March 5 2019 https://businessinsider.com.pl/media/internet/najpopularniejsze-serwisy-spolecznosciowe-w-polsce-i-na-swiecie/m9gksls Calleja-Ragonesi, I. Khakee, A. Pisani, M. (2014). Blessed is he who considers the human rights paradigm : Maltese aid between charity and human rights and between Catholicism and Secularism. Mediterranean Quarterly 25(3), 99–122. https://doi.org/10.1215/10474552-2772280 10.1215/10474552-2772280 Calleja-Ragonesi I. Khakee A. Pisani M. 2014 Blessed is he who

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Climate change threats to a floral wedding: Threats of shifting phenology to the emerging South African wedding industry

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The Undercurrents of Estonian Broadcasting Regulation, 1992–2014

responsible for Media and New Communication Services. Background text. Media and Information Society Division. Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs. Council of Europe. http://www.coe.int/t/dc/files/ministerial_conferences/2009_media_communication/default_en.asp. Council of Europe 2009. Recommendation n. 1878 of the Parliamentary Assembly on the funding of public service broadcasting. 25 June. http://assembly.coe.int/Documents/AdoptedText/ta09/EREC1878.htm. Council of Europe 2010. DDH-MC(2010)002 Recommendations and

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