• Dodon`s Transnistria visit and what it means for other frozen conflicts

    Dodon`s visit and the following statements might open a new chapter for frozen conflicts in the post-Soviet space. Especially in light of the sharpening geostrategic struggle in Eastern Europe.

  • Dodik’s quandary: Statehood Day and US sanctions

    Milorad Dodik’s move to celebrate the controversial holiday on January 9th shows that the region is still lacking in strategies that would help to address the issues of multi-cultural coexistence, which in turn can lead to troublesome calls for further partitions.

  • A farewell to Giedroyc

    Poland’s Eastern policy is undergoing a fundamental change: support for democracy in its eastern neighbourhood is ceasing to be a priority. At the forefront of this change is the issue of the promotion of Polishness.

  • An offer to surrender

    The surrender of Ukraine would not save thousands of lives, but would lead to the escalation of war and, in return, more suffering, more deaths and more damage. Valerii Pekar's response to Viktor Pinchuk. 

  • In search of barbarians

    I was on a journey to explore Ovid, the Roman poet exiled to Eastern Europe, and his relationship with these lands. I wanted to understand why he wrote so many unpleasant things aboutthe barbarians who lived here. 

  • Whatever happened to “Russia without Putin”?

    The mass protests in late 2011 and early 2012 changed Russia, but not in the ways the tens of thousands who protested that winter had hoped. Rather than a flowering of “democracy”, Putin has only further consolidated his authoritarian dominance over the last five years.

  • Ukraine in 2016: A brief summary

    The last year brought frustration, but passed without any major catastrophes. The question is whether time is playing on Ukraine's side. If not, the country wasted another year without a radical social transformation.

  • Building co-existence: Part II

    The story of co-existence is a story of two shores. On one shore we help the Other, breaching our own rules and limitations. We prepare legal and systematic tools. On the other shore, though, these are not enough. 

  • Why Poroshenko cannot win a second term

    Ukrainian history is again repeating itself. Nobody has gone to jail after the EuroMaidan and the oligarchic kleptocracy remains unchanged. Just like Yushchenko, Poroshenko will most likely face defeat in the upcoming presidential election.

  • Holiday Wishes from NEE

    We would like to wish all of our readers a very Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year 2017! 

  • Belarus: In thawing EU ties, a trap in disguise

    Belarus’s attempt to play the European card against the Kremlin has set in motion processes that have the negative effect of accelerating the build-up of Russian troops along the European Union’s Baltic periphery. 

  • The Donetsk that we used to know no longer exists

    An interview with Yuriy Temirov, associate professor at the department of international relations and foreign policy and dean of the history department at Donetsk National University, temporarily located in Vinnytsia. 

  • How Fidel Castro twice gave umbrage to Georgians

    Only a few people outside Georgia, mainly fellow revolutionaries, historians or biographers may remember that the late Fidel Castro visited Georgia in 1963, back then one of the Soviet Republics.

  • German-Russian relations: What is next?

    Germany needs to continue to advocate for bi- and multilateral dialogue and collaborate with Russia on matters related to common challenges, while remaining credible to its allies and condemning the country's aggressive behaviour. 

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