Aid and Democracy, Finding the Least Imperfect Solution

To start things off, I really want to thank the Weingartners for this opportunity to research with Professor Pickering this summer. Last year I stumbled upon the complex nature of Eastern Europe almost entirely by accident, and I am now completely consumed by the fascinating politics of this region. From my two classes on this area and my discussions with Professor Pickering, there are three main points about Eastern Europe that make it both incredibly interesting and endlessly frustrating:

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