Flowers in Place of Guns: An Analysis of Kyrgyzstan's Tulip Revolution in Theoretical Context
With its 2005 Tulip Revolution, Kyrgyzstan joined the wave of so-called "Color Revolutions" occurring in other countries in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Central Asia. These Color Revolutions were generally characterized by non-violent civil resistance in response to corrupt or authoritarian regimes, and sought to successfully establish democracy in those countries. The protesters in each country adopted a color or flower to represent their movements, hence the moniker "Tulip Revolution." This paper critically analyzes Kyrgyzstan's Tulip Revolution, arguing that, rather than a fully realized ...
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