While world political grandees busy themselves with internal political affairs, events are taking place on the periphery which could potentially set the course for development in entire regions. One such event is the extraordinary presidential election in Uzbekistan, following the unexpected death of its former president, Islam Karimov.
Citizens’ attitudes to authoritarian leaders generally remain a mystery, even when their ruling days are over. Were they truly loved and supported, or quietly hated and feared? This uncertainty is confronted by the …read more