October 4, 2017 - Charles Gati
October 4, 2017 - Charles Gati
For the last two weeks, numerous statements have been made about the possible United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission to Ukraine. While the idea is not new – the first request was made by Ukraine in February 2015 and later sent to the UN – only with the Russian President’s statement about the possibility to deploy a mission, public and media attention were caught by the issue.
October 2, 2017 - Hanna Shelest
In this episode In between Europe discuss the Visegrad Four cooperation, its past, present, and future with Wojciech Przybylski, the editor in chief of Visegrad Insight and chairman of Res Publica Nowa. The V4 group, which includes Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, has received much attention since the European migration crisis broke out in 2015. This attention might have overshadowed the fact that Visegrad has often found it hard to stake out common positions and that its role, in the future multi-speed Europe, could be upended even more.
September 29, 2017 - Zselyke Csaky and Gergely Romsics
The official phase of “Zapad-2017”, the biggest Russian-Belarusian military exercise this year, started today (September 14th). Yet, this event has been analysed by security pundits for months. There were many speculations about how this exercise will change the regional dynamics and security situation. The aim of this article is to put “Zapad-2017” into a larger perspective. How do the Russian armed forces train and what is the purpose of those drills? What has changed since the previous “Zapad” exercise which took place in 2013? What is to watch during “Zapad-2017”?
September 14, 2017 - Dominik P. Jankowski
Russia’s Post-Soviet Wars
The undeclared Russian onslaught on Ukraine commenced in late 2013. The EuroMaidan revolution held in Kyiv in the dead of the 2013/14 winter showed the determination of the Ukrainians to join the Euro-Atlantic structures. The discredited Viktor Yanukovych’s government that ordered the use of live ammunition and snipers against the peaceful protesters fled (with whatever they could grab of their amassed kleptocratic fortunes) to their pay and task master in Moscow. In the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war 11,000 to 15,000 people have been killed by mid-2017 and 1.6 million have left the warzone as internal or international refugees. To this number 50,000 refugees from Russia-occupied Crimea must be added.
September 8, 2017 - Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
When on July 26th 2017 it was declared that Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, decided to rescind his previous decision of granting Ukrainian citizenship to the former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, political commentators in Ukraine all agreed that this was one of Poroshenko’s most irrational decisions since assuming office. Now, when the Ukrainian authorities have detained Saakashvili's brother, David, who has been living in Kyiv, the case looks even more bizarre, where state institutions are being used as tools to stop potential political competition.
September 6, 2017 - Example Author
For decades, the idea of Homo Sovieticus dwelled in the imaginaries of people both east and west of the iron curtain. In the USSR, it was both a theoretical concept and a bright vision of the present and of the future, a cosmopolitan supra-national building project that was supposed to bring about a superior form of human existence, one in which true commitment to the Soviet cause would have led to untold Communist bounty.
September 5, 2017 - Michael Gentile and Dmytro Potekhin
In this episode In between Europe discuss corruption trends and the trajectory of the anticorruption fight in Romania with Laura Stefan, an anti-corruption expert from the Romanian think tank Expert Forum. History minute: Historical determinism meets norm entrepreneurship.
September 4, 2017 - Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
Last month’s European Court of Human Rights case of Bayev and others v. Russia is important in a legal sense and inconsequential in a practical sense. The Court decisively said that Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law violated freedom of expression and was discriminatory. Of the seven judges, six decided that Russia was in the wrong. Only one judge—the judge from Russia—said that the law complied with human rights. This is a decisive legal victory in favor of freedom of expression, but it is doubtful that the court case will influence views of LGBT people in Russia and the region.
August 22, 2017 - Gabriel Armas-Cardona