Campus News

Mapping out Democracy

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2010) - When University of Kentucky geography professor Stan Brunn was asked to go to the mountains of Tajikistan with a group of international observers to witness the Feb. 28 parliamentary elections, he knew it would be a tough assignment. The rugged terrain, questionable roadways and scarce access to electricity and running water were just part of the equation. The election process turned out to be hardly democratic, with irregularities at nearly every turn. Listen as Brunn describes what he saw and why he thinks democracy still has a chance in the former Soviet region. (This multimedia file contains audio and photos from Brunn's journey.)