On October 15, Kyrgyzstan is holding presidential elections. These elections are being widely hailed as particularly momentous for Kyrgyzstan (and Central Asia), where incumbent is observing term limits and standing down amid fierce competition from presidential hopefuls. In the days ahead of the vote, however, it remains uncertain whether the Kyrgyz president indeed intends for the elections to be special. While belligerent and active on election-related issues, he has not addressed one hypothetical, but important, question — whether or not he is ready to accept the very real possibility that his hand-picked candidate may be defeated.
On 22-23 July 2017, the first introductory meeting of the EDSN fellows was held at the Borjomi Rixos Hotel in Borjomi, Georgia. EDSN fellows and project leaders gathered to kick off the fellowship, bond amid Borjomi’s highland beauty, and, most importantly, discuss critical issues of democracy, security, and conditionality in Eurasia.