Archive for the ‘Conflict & Diplomacy’ Category

A Dispiriting Report on EU Eastern Policy

By Ky Krauthamer + October 7th, 2011

In security and democracy terms, the EU has failed to achieve most of its objectives in Eastern Europe

Bosnia enters the record books

By S. Adam Cardais + October 6th, 2011

This week marks a year since Bosnia has had a central government. The country isn’t ungoverned, but there’s still plenty of cause for concern

On Kyiv, Brussels, Oligarchs, and a Comatose Patient

By Barbara Frye + October 4th, 2011

One Ukrainian writer says his country is committing suicide, with surgery or euthanasia the only options.

Macedonian Media Crisis Moves to Brussels

By Barbara Frye + September 27th, 2011

A dust-up in a hearing on the state of the press makes for good TV but for terrible civic life.

Ex-U.S. Diplomat Explains How Not to Intervene in Bosnia

By Ky Krauthamer + September 23rd, 2011

Hunt is the innocent abroad, an idealist forever running up against the misguided policies of world-weary, ignorant, or plain stupid people

Behind the Political Battle for Northern Kosovo, a Human Cost

By S. Adam Cardais + September 22nd, 2011

Coverage of Kosovo’s “frozen conflict” usually overlooks the people who suffer most from the fight between Pristina and Belgrade for control of the north

Shaming Dictators and Their Families, Part Two

By Barbara Frye + September 20th, 2011

A continuing debate on the wisdom of ostracizing a dictator’s family.

Bosnia: A Model Intervention?

By S. Adam Cardais + September 15th, 2011

To many interventionists, Bosnia offers hope for other humanitarian efforts

On Publicly Shaming the Karimovs

By Barbara Frye + September 13th, 2011

How, and when, to push the most egregious human rights abusers?

More WikiLeaks Fun in the Czech Republic

By Jeremy Druker + September 12th, 2011

The Czech daily Mlada fronta DNES today publicized its analysis of the recent diplomatic dispatches released by Wikileaks that concern the Czech Republic.

The EU’s (crafty) Kosovo foreign policy

By S. Adam Cardais + September 8th, 2011

In Kosovo, Brussels is flexing its foreign policy muscles

Ten Years After Ohrid, A Stalled Macedonia

By Barbara Frye + September 7th, 2011

If Skopje doesn’t want to join the EU, that’s its call. But it’s fair to wonder how sincere its declarations otherwise are.

Party On, Mr. Lenin

By Barbara Frye + September 1st, 2011

A journalistic account of the disintegrating Soviet Union reminds us how little independence has really meant in some places.

Burma: The Importance of Central Europe

By Jeremy Druker + August 31st, 2011

An interesting strategy is afoot to get Central European governments more involved in taking a tougher line on Burma within the EU.

Try New Kyiv! It’s Not as Autocratic as You Think!

By Barbara Frye + August 26th, 2011

A concern with public relations in Kyiv might seem transparent, but at least it’s a start.

Losing Trust in Lithuania

By Jeremy Druker + August 11th, 2011

Over the past few years Vilnius has served as something of a sanctuary for Belarusian human rights activists, critically minded students, independent journalists, and other “enemies” of the regime. All of that could be changing.

A Death With Several Causes, and Uses

By Barbara Frye + August 8th, 2011

Andrzej Lepper was out of power and under pressure. But the Polish right sees another conspiracy.

Multiple choice quiz. The violence in northern Kosovo last week was about: a) a prime minister looking for a little respect; b) stamping out corruption; c) retaliation for a longstanding, one-sided trade embargo; d) forcing Serbia to recognize the symbols of an illegitimate state.

A Response from Kosovo’s Overseer

By Barbara Frye + July 20th, 2011

The International Civilian Office reacts to our criticism of its confidentiality requirements for employees.


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