Issue 4/2022: Values under siege
Now available. Issue 4/2022 of New Eastern Europe. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine we now see our western values under siege, whether we consciously recognise it or not.
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The unprovoked full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine which began on February 24th 2022 has certainly changed nearly every aspect of life for Ukrainians, we began covering this in our previous edition of New Eastern Europe.
While it is true that the reality for Ukrainians has changed dramatically, it is also true that our geopolitical reality has also been significantly altered. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine we now see our western values under siege, whether we consciously recognise it or not. The response to the level of violence against Ukrainians was encouraging – as countries in the European Union together with other western states swiftly enacted sanctions against Russia and began supporting Ukraine militarily.
Yet, many decisions on what level to support Ukraine against this illegal invasion have become politicised or poorly understood. To understand this better, the theme of this issue of New Eastern Europe looks at the ways Russia’s siege have changed our societies (or not). We open this issue with an essay by Samuel Abraham who puts the war in the context of what Henry Kissinger describes as a “totally new era” and argues that Ukraine’s victory will only strengthen the West. Rebecca Harms advocates for a stronger, more coherent German strategy, while Cyrille Bret puts perspective on Emmanuel Macron’s most recent presidential victory. Paweł Kowal discusses how the West must also better support free Belarusians in exile or those being repressed in their own country. Mykola Riabchuk outlines the shared values under siege, and why Ukraine is fighting not only for their freedom, but ours as well. Lastly, we add commentary on how the war has changed countries beyond the region – which shows the extent of the changes that this invasion has wrought.
We invite you to please keep our Ukrainian friends and colleagues in mind as you read this issue. If you would like to offer support, we have an ongoing fundraiser to assist our contributors and translators. Please consider donating to this campaign.
Ukraine and its discontents Samuel Abrahám
Germany’s Russia policy must change Rebecca Harms
For our freedom and yours Mykola Riabczuk
Macron’s Eastern Europe rethink Cyrille Bret
Overcoming imperial trauma Piotr Augustyniak
Central European sensitivity towards Ukraine Kinga Anna Gajda
The power of local diplomacy Cristian Cantir
In the footsteps of Viktor Orbán’s invincibility Szabolcs Vörös
Local perspectives: What has (not) changed since the war in Ukraine
The borders of solidarity Paulina Siegień
The ghosts of Poltava Matthew Kott
The war that brought back the eternal Bulgarian dispute Krassen Nikolov
Opinion and Analysis
A referendum in the shadow of war Hanna Vasilevich
The geopolitics of hospitality Natalia Barszcz and Luiza Bialasiewicz
The political psychology of war Raze Baziani, Rasan Baziani
From emperors to refugees Svenja Petersen
The mission of journalists is to reveal the truth An interview with Mykola Semena
What Russia needs most is cash for bombs An interview with Piotr Woźniak
Stories and Ideas
Russia’s war has turned Hasidic pilgrimage site into safe haven Aleksander Palikot and Maria Tymoshchuk
A lot at stake for Estonia as it shifts away from oil shale Isabelle de Pommereau
Art, Culture and Society
The Way of the Land Miriam Țepeș- Handaric
History and Memory
The Russo-Japanese War. A forgotten lesson? Andrzej Zaręba
In search of Baron Kurtz in Bucharest Lilian Pizzichini
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