New Eastern Europe

25.03.2014

On the Western Narrative on the Post-Post Cold War Époque

Those who believe that the Kremlin will be satisfied with Crimea and will agree to return to a new “reset” do not understand the nature of the Russian personalized power and its logic that tries to prolong its life at the expense of breaking the rules and even destroying the world order.
24.03.2014

Russia: Pivoting to Asia or Just to China?

Russia’s economic, political and strategic environment in the West is fast deteriorating. One obvious way to respond to this is to reach out to Asia and the Pacific.
21.03.2014

On Crimea’s Annexation. How Long Will Putin’s “Judo Diplomacy” Keep Working?

In Crimea, Putin will face the financial burden which the annexation will incur. Crimea’s case may seem to be manageable at first, but the expenditure will absorb all money and Russia’s already dwindling investment will be brought to nil.
20.03.2014

Extreme Makeover: Ukraine Oligarch Edition

Ukrainian oligarchs face a very real threat of seeing parts of their business empires disrupted by a political crisis over which they have no control.
19.03.2014

Welcome to the Twilight Zone, Crimea

Most Crimeans probably do not realize it yet, but without a shot being fired and in the space of just a few days, Crimea has joined the list of European territories that live in the twilight zone of international sovereignty.
17.03.2014

The Day After: Is It Technically Difficult to Annex Crimea?

  • Sergei Aleksashenko
Russian troops in Crimea are necessary not simply to protect it from a possible invasion by the Ukrainian army, but rather to incorporate Crimea into Russia’s financial infrastructure as soon as possible.
17.03.2014

Crimea’s Choice

The Crimea referendum, in which the people of the region have massively voted to join Russia, marks a watershed in Russia’s foreign policy: Russia has stopped walking backward and has made a step forward. As for Ukraine, it will be for the foreseeable future a geopolitical battleground.
14.03.2014

The Russian Intervention in Crimea: Erdogan’s Dilemma

The Ukrainian and Crimean crisis are a major challenge for Turkish diplomacy but there is no serious indication that Turkey will stand against Russia. The priority for the Turkish government now is to ensure it will survive the corruption scandals and upcoming elections.
13.03.2014

Why It Is Not Only the Battle Over Crimea That Will Determine Ukraine’s Future

  • Kateryna Pishchikova
As the new Ukrainian government is struggling to contain the crisis in Crimea, the broader picture should not be lost from sight. Comprehensive political reforms and an inclusive and transparent political process are needed to renew and strengthen political institutions and regain legitimacy.
12.03.2014

Watching Moldova

If Vladimir Putin has a new doctrine of intervention, Moldova is vulnerable. But thus far both Chisinau and Transnistria have been quiet, while the crisis rages next door.
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