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Belarusian spring? Politicisation of the wider society

A gradual politicisation of the society in Belarus has been accelerated by the ongoing pandemic and the ineffective state response, which has led to a rise of solidarity and self-organisation.

July 8, 2020 - Olga Dryndova

Sexual harassment and conservative traditionalism in universities

Cases of sexual harassment in higher education in Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh shed light on the scale of the problem and how state institutions tend to react.

July 6, 2020 - Ararat L. Osipian

One year of President Zelenskyy: a summary of policies

After taking a closer look at President Zelenskyy's values and beliefs, it is time to shift attention to his policies.

July 3, 2020 - Valerii Pekar

Belarus. Who will win?

President Lukashenka is facing the biggest challenge of his rule. This time the dissent started long before the elections with additional participation of the Belarusian elites and periphery.

July 2, 2020 - Vitali Shkliarov

E-voting: securing the franchise Estonian-style

Could e-voting be the answer to the challenges brought on by the pandemic and foreign interference in elections? Estonia with its approach to digital solutions could provide a useful blueprint.

July 1, 2020 - Samuel Kramer

Poland readies for a second round of a presidential election

After a highly contested first round, candidates Andrzej Duda and Rafał Trzaskowski will go head-to-head on July 12th for the presidency.

June 30, 2020 - Daniel Gleichgewicht

Georgia moves closer to Europe or just away from authoritarianism?

The reforms of Georgia's electoral system are entering a crucial phase as they have to be completed no later than six months before the elections.

June 29, 2020 - Krassen Stanchev

Belarusian spring? What we know about Belarusian society

Self-organisation, solidarity and politicisation – these are so far the three key words of the Belarusian Spring of 2020.

June 24, 2020 - Olga Dryndova

Occupied Crimea faces a critical water shortage

The lack of a clean water supply is worsening the humanitarian situation on the Crimean peninsula. Russia is increasingly blaming Ukraine for the problem as part of its overall attempts to lift sanctions.

June 23, 2020 - Maksym Skrypchenko

Trying to assess Zelenskyy’s values

Not much was known about Volodymyr Zelenskyy's values before his sudden rise to the presidency of Ukraine. A year later they have become easier to pinpoint thanks to his political choices.

June 22, 2020 - Valerii Pekar

Calling for a quality public discourse in Armenia

Public discourse in Armenia today remains beset with problems and the behaviour of the authorities is hardly a role model. If the government does not commit to improving the quality of discourse and its own behaviour, the country may be faced with a long-term challenge affecting other areas of public life.

June 18, 2020 - Valentina Gevorgyan

Generation war: Russia’s militarised children

Through propaganda, special training and a systematic educational approach, young Russians are becoming part of the Russian government’s offensive policy.

June 16, 2020 - Oleksandr Kraiev

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