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Edward Lucas Strikes Back

Edward Lucas wants to alert western decision makers about the threat coming from Moscow. The question is: do we really need spies to “decode” or uncover Russia’s true intentions? Eugeniusz Smolar reviews Deception – Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West by Edward Lucas. To read the full article visit: https://www.neweasterneurope.eu/node/600 Edward Lucas responds to […]

January 4, 2013 - Example Author

The Dark State – Part II

"By and large, the world does not pay attention to Belarus. That is good news for Lukashenka, in power for almost two decades, smarter than he looks, a survivor with a peasant’s deep cunning." Read part II of John Sweeney’s “The Dark State” from his book "Big Daddy" published by Silvertail Books. For the full […]

January 2, 2013 - Example Author

Presenting the Wider Picture

“There were two problems: the first was that the western frontier was established by foreigners at Versailles and the eastern frontier was fixed by the Poles and Soviets in 1931 after the Polish-Soviet War. These frontiers left Poland with hostile neighbours.” A conversation with Halik Kochanski, historian, and author of The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and […]

January 1, 2013 - Example Author

From East to West and Back Again

The pictures from Great Uncle Antoni’s recent 84th birthday party arrived in my email the other day, sent by his daughter Janina. Here were his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, most of whom I had met in Vilnius in 2010. I can still remember the group of smiling people who met me at Vilnius train station, […]

December 26, 2012 - Example Author

A View Over a Lake

Perhaps it was a sunny morning, when my great-grandfather David left his shtetl for the last time. Perhaps the wind swept in from the nearby lake. Perhaps that morning his mind drifted over the things he was leaving behind in Central Ukraine, the intimate world of the shtetl, his family, true love and the graves […]

December 26, 2012 - Example Author

A New Digital Divide?

Wikipedia defines the term “digital divide” as a “gap between those who can benefit from technology and those who cannot”. The results of the World Conference on International Communication (WCIT), that ended last Friday December 14th in Dubai, may eventually fill the term with new content. More specifically, it may signal an upcoming new divide […]

December 20, 2012 - Example Author

Lithuania Behind the EU Wheel (with criminals in power?)

If the European Union was really looking for transparency and integrity in an EU presidency host, Lithuania might well be the least suitable candidate for that mission today. And maybe even less fit for the task than Hungary, gripped by its constitutional crisis during its EU presidency, was, or Belgium, which chaired the EU with […]

December 19, 2012 - Example Author

Bynet: A slippery weapon!

The internet has been heralded for some time now by political commentators and business elites alike as a unique tool capable of breeding political liberalisation and unseating undemocratic regimes across the world. In the post-Soviet space, however, and particularly in Belarus, such an online utopia cannot be said to be merely developing. Alex Rubin from the […]

December 18, 2012 - Example Author

Unravelling Ukraine

Just a quick message to introduce a brand new column on the the New Eastern Europe website. Unravelling Ukraine is a monthly column for New Eastern Europe by Jakub Parusinski, a Kyiv-based journalist and editor for the Kyiv Post. In his first two pieces for Unravelling Ukraine, Parusinski took a pre-election look at those in Ukraine who have benefited […]

December 17, 2012 - Example Author

Fights, Fury, But No Solutions

It only took two days of brawls in parliament and bare-breasted protests for Ukraine to return to the exact same place it was before the elections. Jakub Parusinski discusses the implications of the reappointment of the Soviet-era politician Mykola Azarov as prime minister. To read the full article visit: https://www.neweasterneurope.eu/node/572

December 16, 2012 - Example Author

Turkey’s Long Road

"… [this book] makes a significant contribution to this ongoing debate by inquiring into challenges including the Kurdish issue, economy, religion and the Cyprus problem, as well as the economic, security and energy opportunities." Halil Senturk from Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey, reviews Turkey and Europe: Challenges and Opportunities. To read the full article visit: https://www.neweasterneurope.eu/node/568

December 14, 2012 - Example Author

An Unfinished Mission: Gender equality in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

On November 30th 2012, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon once again declared that engaging women and promoting gender equality is a daily responsibility for all of us. Lana Ravel reviews the 2012-2013 UN Women EECA Strategic Plan. For the full article visit: https://www.neweasterneurope.eu/node/565

December 11, 2012 - Example Author

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