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The competition of young researchers, who graduated from the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES), on the subject of «Social, political and cultural transformations in the post-Soviet Eurasia»

The Eurasia Heritage Foundation held the young researchers competition on the subject of «Social and political and social and cultural transformations in the post-Soviet Eurasia» in the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.

The competition goal was to stimulate the research of social, political and cultural processes in the New Independent States.

The competition organizers are convinced that new political, social, economic and cultural entities have been formed in the territory of New Independent States (NIS) since the collapse of the USSR.

Those entities are, in many respects, a «blank spot» that should be researched by means of various and unconventional modern academic and methodological tools. There is no well-established academic tradition for analysis of those new entities. The same holds true for the system of international relations and global economic and cultural ties, which the New Independent States adopt.

The competition was one of the Eurasia Heritage Foundation's activities, aimed at forming the research and expert community studying the New Independent States.

The winners are:

Alex Semchanka, a graduate from the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, Political Science Department, 2003. His research work «Nation-Building Processes in the New Independent States after the Example of Belarus» ranked first.

Anna Karpenko, a graduate from the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, Political Science Department, 2007. Her research work «Representations of the Past in Politics: Koenigsberg in Kaliningrad» ranked second.

Anna Morgunova, a graduate from the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, Political Science Department, 2007. Her research work «Legitimacy of the Presidency in Russia and Belarus» ranked third.

The winners were determined by the committee including political scientist Vladimir Malakhov, sociologist Dmitry Rogozin, philosopher Timophey Dmitriev, Tatyana Vorozheykina and Aleksey Zudin.

The best research works by the competitors are published on the Eurasian Home website (www.eurasianhome.org)