New Eastern Europe

9.12.2015

The Montenegro Gambit: NATO, Russia, and the Balkans

Montenegro’s veteran leader has maneuvered his country into NATO. Russia is upset, but unlikely to respond in a serious manner.
28.10.2015

The Fall of Filat: Moldova’s Crisis Deepens

The dramatic arrest of former prime minister Vlad Filat is probably the work of his fiercest political rival utilizing an unprecedented mistake. It will help expose Moldova’s culture of corruption but may put a halt to its integration with the EU.
14.10.2015

Lukashenko’s Western Flirtation

Recently re-elected Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is making maneuvers to get closer to the West and distance himself from Russia. But Moscow is not worried: it knows that his fundamental values differentiate him from Western countries.
31.08.2015

Ukraine’s New Party of Power

The merger of President Poroshenko’s party with the UDAR party of Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko is another step in the consolidation of power by the Ukrainian leader. Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front may be the next in line for absorption. But recent Ukrainian history shows that these big united parties have all ended in failure.
17.06.2015

And Then There Were Five: The Plight of Ukraine’s Oligarchs

Ukraine’s five wealthiest people have lost a collective $9.75 billion in the last year. To put this number in perspective, the IMF’s bailout package is worth $17.5 billion.
2.06.2015

Misha Takes Over Odessa

The sensational appointment of Mikheil Saakashvili to run Odessa will shake up both Ukraine and Georgia.
1.06.2015

Not Against Russia: Why the Eastern Partnership Makes Increasingly Less Sense

If the Eastern Partnership were all about the EU, money, and visas, it would have made sense. But it’s just a useless attempt to fill the void along the EU’s eastern borders. The only real goal is to divide post-Soviet Europe into Russia and “not Russia.”
20.05.2015

Warning Signals for EU From Georgia and Moldova

There is sobering news for the EU in two new polls from Georgia and Moldova, showing that public support for the European project is faltering.
13.05.2015

Defanging the Ukrainian Oligarchs

Ukrainian society—particularly sectors that pushed for greater accountability and transparency during the EuroMaidan Revolution—and Western governments, particularly the United States, are pushing Poroshenko to rein in the oligarchs.
7.05.2015

A New War in the Donbas, or the Old Ukraine Fights Back?

The conflict in Ukraine is anything but frozen. The dynamics of this conflict are driven as much by Ukrainian domestic affairs and local commanders’ decisions in the conflict zone as they are by any Cold War-style stand-off between East and West.
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