Issue 6 2016: Brave New Borders

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Five years since the first issue of New Eastern Europe, we return to the topic of that first issue: Borders. This issue, titled “Brave New Borders”, debates Europe as a border-free continent as well as offers analyses on the border changes 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. At that time new borders emerged. Not all of them, as Tom de Waal and Maciej Falkowski argue, fit the social context of the countries they are meant to demark. This, in turn, can spark conflicts and lead to separatist tendencies as well as other undesired developments.

 

Borders can also be rendered meaningless by massive migration movements, as Vesna Goldsworthy illustrates in the case of Great Britain and the Balkans. Memory can also create borders, it is argued by Ukrainian writer Andriy Lyubka who takes us on a journey to search Ovid’s traces in the places where the Roman poet spent his last days. Lastly, Ulrike Guérot (Germany) and Dániel Mikecz (Hungary) debate as to whether we are truly ready to live in a borderless world.



Clearly, the thematic scope of this issue goes beyond borders and includes the critical essays on the most current and pressing developments. They include Francisco de Borja Lasheras’ in depth analysis of the reform process (or lack thereof) in Ukraine and Taras Kuzio’s unmasking of Europe’s extreme politics rooted in Soviet narratives.

   

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WHAT’S INSIDE

 

OPINION & ANALYSIS

 

Revenge of the border

Thomas de Waal

 

A journey upstream: New meanings of the border

Vesna Goldsworthy

 

In search of barbarians

Andriy Lyubka

 

Can we live in a borderless world?

Ulrike Guérot

 

Believe it or not: Borders ensure political action

Dániel Mikecz

 

Building co-existence: Part II

Krzysztof Czyżewski

 

The South Caucasus. A stable change

Maciej Falkowski

 

Reforming Ukraine in times of war and counter-revolution

Francisco de Borja Lasheras

 

At 25 is Ukraine any closer to Europe?

Joanna Fomina

 

Hybrid deportation from Crimea

Greta Uehling

 

Wine and geopolitics

Kamil Całus and Piotr Oleksy

 

The Mikhalkov-Putin syndrome

Leonidas Donskis

 

The Soviet roots of anti-fascism and antisemitism

Taras Kuzio

 

Russia’s complicated memory

Kacper Dziekan

 

London’s gift to Moscow

Grzegorz Kaliszuk

 

Armenia seeks to bolster its role as a transit state

Erik Davtyan

 

Central and Eastern European heritage in the Southern Cone

Stuart Feltis

 

INTERVIEWS

 

The collapse of the Soviet Union was a miracle. The tragedy is taking place today

An interview with Serhii Plokhy

 

The Donetsk that we used to know no longer exists

An interview with Yuriy Temirov

 

REPORTS

 

The Balkan Route uncovered

Natasza Styczyńska and Omar Marques

 

HISTORY AND MEMORY

 

Monument wars in the Baltic states

Aleksandra Kuczyńska-Zonik

 

A DEBATE ON MEMORY

 

A new national story?

Jean-Yves Potel

 

In the interest of freedom

Piotr Skwieciński

 

PEOPLE, IDEAS, INSPIRATION

 

Good girls seldom make foreign policy

Iwona Reichardt

 

EASTERN CAFÉ

 

Between Ostpolitik and eastern policy

Paweł Kowal

 

Snapshots of Central Asia

Eimear O’Casey

 

Searching for shadows

Maxim Edwards

 

Energy quest for Belarus

Vytis Jurkonis

 

25 YEARS TOGETHER. REGIONAL CO-OPERATION BETWEEN POLAND AND SAXONY

 

Why a good neighbourhood matters?

Paweł Kurant

 

We can be optimistic about the future

An interview with Adam Hamryszczak

 

On Polish-German relations during challenging times

Bartosz Rydliński

 

Preserving the unity of a fragmenting Europe

Kai-Olaf Lang

 

Borders of opportunity

Adriana Skorupska

 

Poniatowski in Leipzig

Konstantin Schoenfelde

 

 

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