Issue 1-2/2020: Bound to explode?
Now available – the latest issue of NEE looks at the region in 2020 and debates the relationship between Russia and the West.
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At the outbreak of 2020, tensions are on the rise – not only in our region but also in global affairs. If the final weeks of 2019 were any indicator, this decade may indeed bring a new level of instability and uncertainty towards the future. Thus, in this issue we dig deeper to explore the emerging trends in the world and try to better understand what they mean for the region on which we focus. Among the issues that we consider vital now are political polarisation, growing populism, the battle of narratives, economic shifts and the start of the next generational change.
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The issue opens with an interview with American analyst Brian Whitmore, who explains these new trends in detail, looking in particular at Russia, Ukraine and the mood in Washington DC ahead of this year’s US presidential election. The provocative essay by Paweł Kowal outlines why we may be nearing the end of a second belle époque and what this means for the West. Kowal argues that the growing power of the oligarchy is becoming an underestimated trend in the West and poses a serious danger to democracy.
Another trend that we address in this issue is the growing call from some western politicians, experts and media for better relations with Russia and the Kremlin, despite no progress in the war in Ukraine (and constant attempts to undermine the western democratic process).
Most vocal and prominent were Emmanuel Macron’s statements calling for a renewed strategic dialogue with Russia. Likewise, a recent issue of Foreign Affairs published Thomas Graham’s essay meant to convince US policy-makers to “let Russia be Russia” and give up on any Euro-Atlantic ambitions of the post-Soviet space. We believe that New Eastern Europe should be at the centre of this debate, which is far from over. We asked a group of experts to weigh in on this discussion – including from the United States, France, Germany, Poland and Russia.
Table of Contents Issue 1-2/2020 (January-March)
OPINION & ANALYSIS
The West Berlins of our time
An interview with Brian Whitmore
The end of the belle époque
A renewed strategic dialogue with Russia? A debate
Putin has done nothing to deserve an extended hand from the West
David J. Kramer
France-Russia, a love-hate history
To Macron or not to Macron?
How not to be a useful idiot in relations with Russia
A “Grand Bargain”. What would Russia want?
A clash of narratives
The battle of the USSR in Georgia rages on
Rough road ahead for Belarus
A real game changer in the region
What’s next for Ukraine’s oligarchs?
God, luck and Viktor Orbán
The intervention in Kosovo revisited. Twelve lessons for the future
Illegitimate election observation and conflict resolution
Russia and its Tatar diaspora in Europe
ART, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
The drama of the Polish outsider
The Swedish Academy and Peter Handke. Justice for whom?
The revolution on the periphery and the reflection of 1989 in Slovakia
STORIES AND IDEAS
No one will hear us if we scream
Herzog continues puzzling love affair with Gorbachev
Azerbaijan. A new chapter?
The Herculean task of saving Europe’s oldest spa town
INFORMATION AND THE BATTLE FOR HEARTS AND MINDS
The poisonous apple
The role of a journalist in the age of disinformation
Freedom and censorship in the post-truth era
A debate during the 34th Days of Contemporary Art in Białystok
HISTORY AND MEMORY
Krisztián Ungváry and Márton Ványai
You can run, but can you hide?
Devoted to the truth
Forbidden love in a patriarchal society
New dark times. A warning against the spread of Putinism
Discovering Paraska Horytsvit