Eastern European countries have taken different pathways after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. While some have succeeded to establish consolidated democracies, others remain unstable or have drifted back into autocratic structures. While some have succeeded in building innovative market economies, others are still struggling. How can these different pathways be explained? What are lessons learnt for institutional design after major social and political turn-over? How can we gain a better understanding for the post-revolution processes we see in different region like the Arab Spring countries.
- How do social, political, and cultural interests determine spatial practices (construction of regions)?
- Why did mapping become important in the modern age?
- What is the balance between geographical/political realities and imagined spaces?
- What constitutes a “region”?