New Eastern Europe

11.03.2014

Scotland and Crimea: Debating the Costs and Benefits of Secession

  • Bruno Coppieters
The secession of Scotland would alter the balance of power between the main member states of the European Union, while the secession of Crimea would have the same effect at the global level.
11.03.2014

Ukraine as a Challenge of Perception

While a global crisis, provoked by the recent developments in Ukraine, has brought the world to the edge, the political and intellectual world has demonstrated how unprepared it is for the new challenges and how difficult it is to grasp the new reality.
7.03.2014

Crimea’s Tatar Factor

The “Islamic factor” in the Crimean crisis has received relatively little attention so far. However, the complexities of Crimean ethnoreligious realities should not be ignored.
5.03.2014

Playing the Compatriot Card

It is not clear whether “protection of compatriots” is a new foreign-policy goal Putin intends to apply elsewhere—or whether he is just using any weapon he can to undermine the new authorities in Kyiv. In any case, playing the “compatriot card” is a dangerous game.
5.03.2014

Ukraine: Law of Unintended Consequences Illustrated, Part II

Ukraine became the place where the open crisis of the post-Soviet model occurred. This means that the country may become only the first stage in the chain of future collapses. Also, with Russian invasion in Ukraine the entire international system that came into being after 1991 is starting to crumble.
4.03.2014

Ukraine: Law of Unintended Consequences Illustrated

The Kremlin’s intervention in Crimea and direct involvement in the destabilization of the southeast of Ukraine exemplifies Putin’s Doctrine. This concept is based on the premise that Russia can only exist as the center of the galaxy surrounded by the satellite-statelets.
3.03.2014

Before the Emotions Bring a New World War: Look Into the Real Situation in Ukraine

The Ukrainian events develop rapidly with a great sense of alarm; it not only involves danger of terrorism in Moscow, but also entails a big risk for East Asia. The main question now is who would be ready to take charge of the situation.
1.03.2014

The Brink of War in Ukraine?

The possibility of a Russian military operation in Ukraine that is not limited to Crimea is real. Russia and the West are on the verge a confrontation far worse than over Georgia in 2008.
28.02.2014

Ukrainian Crisis: Voices from India

The voices from India in world discussions about Ukraine are of particular importance due to long tradition of non-alignment policy of this country and its good relations with both USSR/Russia and the West.
28.02.2014

Crimea Crisis: Three Lessons From the Caucasus

Some kind of political crisis in Crimea looks almost inevitable. At the moment the priority has to be stop having a military one as well.
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