Archive for the ‘Conflict & Diplomacy’ Category

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?

China in the Balkans: Invasion of the Voleex?

By Ky Krauthamer + February 18th, 2012

“China has stayed loyal to ‘a few principles, which we here in the West have turned our backs on in recent times.’ “

Untangling Northern Kosovo

By S. Adam Cardais + February 16th, 2012

In a new report, the International Crisis Group offers an incrementalist approach to Kosovo’s “frozen conflict”

The Right to Think Stupid Thoughts

By Ky Krauthamer + January 27th, 2012

Officially, X occurred. X was a terrible thing. Therefore, denial of X should be a crime.

The Former USSR 20 Years On: Lessons for the Arab Spring?

By S. Adam Cardais + January 26th, 2012

Looking back on the former Soviet Union’s bumpy road since 1991 offers cause for concern in the Arab world today, but also for optimism

The Eastern Partnership, in a Role That Will Surprise You

By Barbara Frye + January 25th, 2012

Nice Danes + annoying Easterners = pretty good TV.

Kosovo: On Vetevendosje’s ‘Determination,’ Part Two

By S. Adam Cardais + January 19th, 2012

Was Self-Determination’s border protest in Kosovo last weekend a success?

The Prospects of Facebook Activism in Uzbekistan

By Jeremy Druker + January 13th, 2012

Given the fear factor, it’s hard to imagine all this new online activity making a difference without many other developments occurring “offline” at the same time.

Kosovo: Vetevendosje’s ‘Determination’

By S. Adam Cardais + January 12th, 2012

Kosovo’s opposition Self-Determination movement is planning a massive protest this weekend that would be the most stunning example yet of its rise from the radical fringes to legitimate political insurgency …

Messiahs Don’t Compromise, or Do They?

By Jeremy Druker + January 5th, 2012

It’s times like this that make one wonder if sometimes countries such as Hungary aren’t better off having opportunistic crooks in power who take their share and leave than ideologues that seem to be willing to run their nations into the ground.

Bosnia Gets a Government

By S. Adam Cardais + January 5th, 2012

Bosnian leaders have finally broken a 14-month political impasse, but the spirit of compromise has hardly swept Sarajevo

Bosnia: A Fresh Perspective

By S. Adam Cardais + December 15th, 2011

In her controversial directorial debut, Angelina Jolie examines the 1992-1995 Bosnian conflict through the eyes of those who lived it

A Painful Separation in Kazakhstan

By Barbara Frye + December 6th, 2011

As these students lose their Peace Corps teacher, what will happen to the dreams that he urged them to chase?

Moscow’s Syria Dilemma

By Barbara Frye + November 29th, 2011

Honest broker, fellow autocracy, or mercenary arms dealer? Whatever its role, if Assad falls, Russia is twice burned.

Reform With a Touch of Nationalism-Lite

By Barbara Frye + November 8th, 2011

Reformist zeal doesn’t need to link hands with xenophobic anger.

Vlachs: The Quiet Minority

By Ky Krauthamer + November 4th, 2011

This is a story about Serbia, two quintets, and walnuts. During his visit to Serbia this week, the Romanian president, Traian Basescu, stoutly restated his country’s rejection of Kosovo’s independence. This is no surprise, as Romania has consistently rejected any moves to recognize Kosovo since the province broke away from Serbia in 2008. Romania has [...]

Slobodan the Terrible Meets Bill the Vampire Slayer

By Ky Krauthamer + October 14th, 2011

The association between Serbia/Kosovo and vampires goes back at least to Bram Stoker himself.

Open Society Remembers 20 Years in the Western Balkans

By S. Adam Cardais + October 13th, 2011

In a new report, the Soros-backed Open Society foundation offers an engaging, informative “story” of the two decades since the fall of Yugoslavia.

Vaclav Havel’s Error in Judgment

By Jeremy Druker + October 12th, 2011

I’m one of those people that has difficulty writing anything negative about Vaclav Havel, so this was a tough post to write.

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