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Putin and the “Other Russia”

By S. Adam Cardais + August 23rd, 2012

How do rural working class Russians really feel about Vladimir Putin?

Czechs, Render Unto the Churches …

By Ky Krauthamer + August 19th, 2012

A group of 30 intellectuals, Protestant ministers, and theologians even released a petition calling for the bill to be withdrawn, saying it would turn Christ’s teachings on their head.

Pussy Riot’s Defiance, Part II

By S. Adam Cardais + August 17th, 2012

The feminist rockers have put Putin’s Kremlin firmly under the international microscope

“Socially Significant,” as Defined by Astana

By Ky Krauthamer + August 12th, 2012

A newspaper owned by the ruling Nur Otan party won $23 million in state tenders from 2009 to 2011.

Pussy Riot’s Defiance

By S. Adam Cardais + August 9th, 2012

As their ‘hooliganism’ trial ends, Russia’s newly famous feminist rockers stand firm

Ending Immunity is No Cure-all for Shaky Democracies

By Ky Krauthamer + August 4th, 2012

The converse of immunity, of course, is that the more of it you have, the more impunity you enjoy.

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.

Israel and the Great Game

By Jeremy Druker + July 25th, 2012

It makes strategic sense for Israel to cozy up to the nasty regimes of Central Asia, but will the public care?

The Sisyphean Struggle to Desegregate Schools

By Ky Krauthamer + July 20th, 2012

“Their horizon has opened. Then they will not need our efforts to desegregate their children; they will do it for themselves.”

Putin’s Pitiful Progress Report

By S. Adam Cardais + July 19th, 2012

Judging by his first 60 days in office, the Russian president could be turning into his own worst enemy

An Unlikely Assassination That Almost Happened

By Jeremy Druker + July 17th, 2012

Two World War II heroes, in their 80s, almost ended up murdering a communist-era prosecutor a few years ago.

Hungary’s Ironic Backslide

By S. Adam Cardais + July 12th, 2012

Who would have thought Hungary, of all the former Warsaw Pact countries, would be inching toward authoritarianism today?

A Common Market to De-Balkanize the Balkans?

By Ky Krauthamer + July 6th, 2012

The fatal flaw of “Balkan Benelux” is the brutal fact that wider Europe doesn’t need these four countries.

Much Ado About Nothing

By S. Adam Cardais + July 5th, 2012

With Kosovo gaining full sovereignty in September, what are the security implications?

To Victor Go the Spoils

By Barbara Frye + July 3rd, 2012

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

Belarus: The Cloudy Crystal Ball

By Ky Krauthamer + June 29th, 2012

“Belarusian public opinion is actually a pretty good judge of what is going on. Lukashenka’s poll ratings collapsed along with the economy in 2011 to the 20s. They have now recovered, but not to massively high levels.”

New Book Tries to Cut the Belarusian Knot

By Ky Krauthamer + June 25th, 2012

The history of Belarus is fogged with “what ifs”

Mongolia: A Microfinance Test Case

By S. Adam Cardais + June 21st, 2012

When it comes to poverty reduction or small business creation, just how effective is microfinance?

EUruption II: Flood Warning

By Ky Krauthamer + June 15th, 2012

“Three out of five managers of Czech SMEs believe it is impossible to win a public contract without resorting to bribery, a kickback or some other ‘incentive.’ “


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