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Punching out Saakashvili’s Lights

By Barbara Frye + November 7th, 2012

Georgia’s new prime minister is gunning to evict the president from the country’s immense presidential palace. Literally.

In Belarus, Dissent Your Father’s Activism

By Barbara Frye + October 19th, 2012

What it is about Belarus that brings out the funny?

Another Russian Rights Worker in the Cross Hairs

By Barbara Frye + October 5th, 2012

We’ve been here before. Let’s hope it doesn’t lead where it often does.

Has It Come to This in Georgia?

By Barbara Frye + July 27th, 2012

A billionaire and satellite dishes are getting a lot of attention, but increasing repression is hitting less-visible targets, too.

To Victor Go the Spoils

By Barbara Frye + July 3rd, 2012

Romania’s new prime minister decides to set his own precedents.

It wouldn’t be great for the country’s democracy, and it could yield some unexpected election results.

A Population Puzzler

By Barbara Frye + May 15th, 2012

Could a country’s shrinking labor market lead to too few jobs?

Central Asia’s Lumpy Mattresses

By Barbara Frye + April 24th, 2012

With banking rates near zero, and saving rates respectable, where do the region’s people keep their money?

On Edge in Macedonia

By Barbara Frye + April 17th, 2012

Is someone trying to light the fuse on an explosive situation?

The Perils of EU Membership?

By Barbara Frye + April 11th, 2012

In Bulgaria, accession has been good for the bad guys, too.

Russian Democracy? Define Your Terms

By Barbara Frye + April 3rd, 2012

A recent television discussion reveals the country’s highly theoretical relationship to truly representative government.

From Skopje, Another Press Policy Puzzler

By Barbara Frye + March 21st, 2012

More troubling developments in the media landscape, maybe.

Honoring Russia’s Pretty Police Ladies

By Barbara Frye + March 14th, 2012

Wearing high heels on police raids is among the accomplishments noted on International Women’s Day

Defining Identity

By Barbara Frye + March 6th, 2012

A few recent scientific, sociological, and political approaches to the issue highlight the best and worst uses of identity.

The Legitimacy Thing

By Barbara Frye + March 5th, 2012

Russia’s presidential election was so predictable, and so disputed, that it’s not the results that are the main topic of conversation.

Too-Great Expectations?

By Barbara Frye + February 28th, 2012

What does a new documentary about Nashi tell us about the next generation of Russian politicians and activists?

Where Will Russian Democracy Come From?

By Barbara Frye + February 14th, 2012

And what will it look like when it does?

When Censorship is the Default Mode

By Barbara Frye + February 6th, 2012

Though dramatic attacks on press freedom are a problem, the real threat is a prevailing idea that information simply shouldn’t be free.

The Eastern Partnership, in a Role That Will Surprise You

By Barbara Frye + January 25th, 2012

Nice Danes + annoying Easterners = pretty good TV.

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