Twenty years after its independence from the Soviet Union, Belarus faces increasing isolation, possible economic collapse, and the brutal regime of Alexander Lukashenka.
If Kyiv does not reconsider its course on the political trial and verdict of Yulia Tymoshenko, it could mean an end to Ukraine's possibilities of deeper integration with the EU.
Russia is no longer an empire, but it is not yet a nation-state either. To be seen as a great power in the twenty-first century, it has to reform its institutions and economy and become a great country.
The harsh verdict for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko demonstrates that Ukraine’s leadership prioritizes removing the opposition’s strongest candidate before parliamentary elections above good relations with the West.
As a gas-importing country dependent on Russia, Ukraine could strengthen its energy security standing by diversifying its supplies of gas, increasing domestic gas production, and replacing natural gas with other fuels.
Poland’s relatively successful foreign policy contributed to the popularity of the ruling Civic Platform party and helped it win the country’s parliamentary elections. Given these election results, the Polish foreign policy is not likely to change.
Moldova is facing many of the challenges of the post-Soviet space, including corruption, internal conflict, underdevelopment, and labor migration, but it is charting an ambitious path of reform, reconciliation, and European integration.
While the Eastern Partnership summit is unlikely to deliver many positive results, there are still important lessons that leaders from both sides can take away from the summit.
Romania occupies a strategic position on the edge of the European Union and the Black Sea and its proximity to areas of unresolved conflict makes it an important partner in the context of Euro-Atlantic security.
The European Union has an opportunity to make a significant difference in their eastern borderlands, through a combination of social, economic, and political incentives.