New Eastern Europe


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.

Stars and Runes: Why the Struggle Against Totalitarian Symbols Doesn’t Mean Victory for Freedom

Old totalitarian practices can reemerge with new symbols, from new directions. And a struggle against the symbols of past unfreedom isn’t enough to protect against a lack of liberty in its latest incarnation.

All for All? The Breakdown of POW Exchanges in the Donbas

The fact that the process of prisoner exchanges is still incomplete after months of fits and starts volumes about the messiness of the situation in eastern Ukraine.

Corrupting Civil Society in Post-Maidan Ukraine?

  • Mikhail Minakov
Civil society now plays an outsized role in Ukrainian politics.

Ukraine: The Kingdom of the Oligarchs

Prospects for Ukraine’s long-term success and cohesion will be determined by its ability to pursue far-reaching reforms to modernize the state and to check the power of the oligarchs.

Long Live Minsk II?

The Minsk agreements are fragile.How effectively they are implemented will depend primarily on the Europeans’ ability to convince Moscow to pressure separatists into observing the ceasefire, and on Kyiv’s ability to keep nationalist militias in line. If either side fails to do so, the fighting is likely to resume.

Who Benefits From Ending Russian-Ukrainian Cooperation in the Space and Defense Sectors?

The Russian government’s decision to end cooperation with Ukraine on two space launch programs is likely due to political motivations alone and goes against the economic and technological interests of Russia, Ukraine, and many other countries. This decision is worth reconsidering.

What’s Behind Lithuania’s Restored Compulsory Military Service?

  • Luke Coffey
  • Konstantin Ranks
About seven years after abolishing compulsory military service and amidst the tense situation in Ukraine, Lithuania has restored conscription. Eurasia Outlook asked its experts to weigh in on the deeper meaning of this maneuver and what its consequences might be.

Doomsday in Ukraine? Think Again

  • Alyona Getmanchuk
In the short term, Ukraine is on the verge of economic and, perhaps, political collapse. Yet in the longer term, the real question is whether the emergence of a coherent Ukrainian national identity creates a solid consensus for reform of the state and a sustained Western trajectory.

Sanctions Vortex or Global Thinking?

  • Sergej Sumlenny
The European and U.S. sanctions seem to be the most challenging factor for western companies doing business in Russia. As sanctions lists and types of sanctions have got more and more complicated during the last year, clarity has decreased and risks have increased dramatically.
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