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28.08.2013
Talking About Everything but Syria

Talking About Everything but Syria

All the shadows and ghosts of the conflicts of the last three decades make it hard for any decision maker to focus on what is the best policy for Syria itself.
27.08.2013
Syria Is No Serbia

Syria Is No Serbia

The situation in and around Syria is remarkably different from the Balkans in the 1990s. There will be multiple reactions to the U.S. actions in the region and beyond, and massive unintended consequences.
26.08.2013
Austria: Bridge-Building as Nation-Branding

Austria: Bridge-Building as Nation-Branding

Austria is on the lookout for a distinct international identity. The ministers are seeking to expand the bridge-building function which Austria has traditionally served between Europe’s east and the west.
23.08.2013
The Unfinished 1991

The Unfinished 1991

The Soviet Union’s collapse and disintegration did not come all at once. It was a long process, which is still unfinished. Instability, unpredictability, and insecurity of the 1990s became a good launching pad for the current leadership of Russia.
23.08.2013
Poisonous

Poisonous

Over the past 30 months, Syria has become a place where Moscow and Washington have been pushing hard for their very different concepts of international order. For the first time since the first Gulf War over two decades ago, Russia is actually checking U.S. power in the Middle East.
22.08.2013
August 19th and the Miscarried Liberalism in Russia

August 19th and the Miscarried Liberalism in Russia

Today, there is no misery like in Yeltsin’s days, but the emptiness remains in economy as well as in the hearts of the people. The economy is too dependent on oil and gas, and the society tends to suffocate the creative intellectuals and innovative business people.
22.08.2013
Unnecessary Anniversary for Ungrateful Descendants

Unnecessary Anniversary for Ungrateful Descendants

The majority of people, and particularly those in power, would like to skip over this “unnecessary anniversary.” People do not value August of 1991 because of a collapse that followed and a nightmare of bungled but inevitable reforms that took place right after.
21.08.2013
Russia and Ukraine: Marriage Impossible

Russia and Ukraine: Marriage Impossible

Kremlin’s current actions toward Ukraine indicate that the Kremlin is ready for a rough policy of coercion and intimidation in the post-Soviet space. Moreover, the Kremlin is ready to force Ukraine to either agree or pay a high price for resisting.
21.08.2013
Putin Pushes Russian in the Caucasus

Putin Pushes Russian in the Caucasus

A generation ago, Vladimir Putin would have been a strongly patriotic Soviet leader. Now Putin has to be modest in his efforts to "re-gather" the former Soviet republics. The Customs Union is one such project. Promoting the Russian language is another.
21.08.2013
The Anniversary Lost in Transition

The Anniversary Lost in Transition

In the Russian history this peaceful popular drive was unique: for a brief period it looked like Russia would break away from its traditional paternalism and develop a sense of “we, the people.” This is not something the current regime would celebrate.
21.08.2013
Crowning Moment of the New Russian Federation

Crowning Moment of the New Russian Federation

The August putsch should not be considered taboo. On the contrary, it should be seen as a moment of national pride. It’s time for the younger generation to start forming opinions on the crowning moment of the post-Soviet Russian Federation.
20.08.2013
Thinking History: The Importance of 1991

Thinking History: The Importance of 1991

The August revolution put an end to the Soviet Union, but nowadays the Kremlin sees the Soviet Union’s collapse as a disaster and looks back to the Soviet past in an attempt to build continuity. This explains why August 1991 in Russia is an unwanted anniversary that no one wants to remember.
20.08.2013
Rumors of War Traced Back to Sources

Rumors of War Traced Back to Sources

It appears that the playing field may already be shifting dramatically regardless of the status of Ukraine’s relationship with the Customs Union. Who in the Russian and Ukrainian oligarchic structures stands to lose the most after the EU Eastern Partnership summit in November?
19.08.2013
The Other Peace Talks

The Other Peace Talks

  • Alexandros Petersen
The dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh is similar to that in the Middle East in many ways except that it is more likely to be resolved if it is paid some high-level international attention, particularly from the United States.
19.08.2013
Follow the Flag

Follow the Flag

Russia is still a country without a nation. Nation-building from above is reduced to symbolism and will not succeed. Time has come for round tables of representatives of various interest groups and ideologies to start the process of nation-building from below.
16.08.2013
“Integrate or Else” Means No Integration

“Integrate or Else” Means No Integration

By shifting gears abruptly from professions of eternal brotherhood with the Ukrainian people to what amounts to a trade war, Vladimir Putin effectively works at cross-purposes with himself.
15.08.2013
Ukraine Between East and West

Ukraine Between East and West

While analysts are trying to predict whether Ukraine will go East or West, the country is standing still. On August 14, 2013 Moscow made Ukraine’s choice easier by starting yet another trade war.
15.08.2013
Ukrainian Political Game Between Russia’s Coercion and European Uncertainty

Ukrainian Political Game Between Russia’s Coercion and European Uncertainty

Viktor Yanukovych can be expected to do his best to play with both giants, while Russia will proceed with its combination of pressure, threats, and promises; and Europe will struggle between losing Ukraine to Russia and compromising on its principles.
14.08.2013
What Was Not Said in Baku

What Was Not Said in Baku

Vladimir Putin’s one-day visit to Baku on August 13 was fertile ground for Kremlinological speculation. The formal part of the negotiations revealed very little. It is more productive to focus on who was not in Baku and what was not said.
14.08.2013
Ukraine and “Third Millennium Feminism”

Ukraine and “Third Millennium Feminism”

FEMEN is one of the most recognized Ukrainian cultural exports of the age. These topless protesters have been making headlines with their unique approach to challenging traditional patriarchal entities.
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