New Eastern Europe

19.11.2014

Weak Ruble Exchange Rate Represents Political Bargaining Challenge

  • Yuval Weber
The financial troubles of the ruble represent the most striking and dangerous strategic challenge facing the Russian state since the conflict in Ukraine began.
17.11.2014

Frozen Donbas?

In Donbas, there is mostly a tactical operation aimed at reinforcing rebel positions, not preparation for a full-fledged war. The West may not have a better solution than to accept to freeze Donbas for the winter.
10.11.2014

Why Nations Don’t Fail

Over the next few years, the European Union will have to revamp its neighborhood policies completely. The ambition is not only to prevent state failure, but to help build functional political systems that can strive economically, provide essential services, guard individual freedoms, and maintain social peace.
29.10.2014

Will Lustration Help or Hinder Ukrainian Reform?

  • Yuval Weber
The Ukrainian government retains the prerogative to exclude violators of public trust from further government service while new political and economic institutions are built. It remains to be seen how lustration and anti-corruption laws will be implemented.
27.10.2014

Ukraine Votes: United in Diversity

Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Ukraine have made it clear that Ukraine’s political life is quite diverse, and voters are not partial to “united” solutions. A lower turnout also suggests that Ukrainians are increasingly tired of their politics.
24.10.2014

Echoes of the Ukraine Crisis in the South Caucasus

  • Maxim Suchkov
The Ukrainian crisis has shown to the South Caucasian states that deciding between European and Eurasian integration comes at a high price, but that indecisiveness is an even worse path.
22.10.2014

Games of Bluff in Moldova

The biggest current dangers for Moldova lie not in the unresolved Transnistria conflict, but in domestic Moldovan politics.
21.10.2014

Ukraine Election Countdown: 5 Days Remaining

With less than a week left until the Ukrainian parliamentary elections, there is growing uncertainty about whether the new parliament will provide a boost to President Petro Poroshenko's flagging reform agenda and attempts to manage the extremely fragile situation in the east.
21.10.2014

A Hereditary Disease

The old Soviet “enemies-are-everywhere” mentality frequently leads Russian decision makers to losses and defeat.
20.10.2014

Paying for Ukraine

If Ukraine is allowed to become a failed state, the consequences for Europe will be serious, even dire. Making sure that Ukraine keeps itself warm this winter is an absolutely necessary step.
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