Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

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.

Putin Opponents, March! Left, Right, Left …

By Ky Krauthamer + March 3rd, 2012

Prilepin is also engaged in opposition politics. He belongs to the “radical left opposition party coalition” Other Russia.

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?

Georgia’s Transformation

By S. Adam Cardais + February 23rd, 2012

When it comes to corruption, polling suggests that Georgians feel their country has cleaned up its act since the Rose Revolution

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”

Where Will Russian Democracy Come From?

By Barbara Frye + February 14th, 2012

And what will it look like when it does?

Georgia: Saakashvili The Corruption Slayer

By S. Adam Cardais + February 2nd, 2012

In a new report, The World Bank lauds the Georgian president’s fight against graft and public misconduct

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?

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 …

In Russia, It’s the Geeks Versus the Tank Brigade

By Barbara Frye + January 10th, 2012

Some funny, weird, and ominous stories are coming out of Russia since the massive protests that may give a hint about the level of anxiety that they have provoked.

Funny Business at the Russian Elections

By Ky Krauthamer + January 8th, 2012

United Russia was credited with 3-plus million votes in precincts with turnouts of over 97 percent.

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

New Year’s Resolution: Denormalize Now!

By Ky Krauthamer + December 27th, 2011

“Democracy is about disappointment and the difference between a democratic and a non-democratic regime is simply that in the former you know how to deal with disappointment”

In Moscow, the Rules Have Changed

By Barbara Frye + December 13th, 2011

We’ve read about why Russians have finally had enough. But why have the authorities reacted as they have?

Bogeyman on the Horizon

By Jeremy Druker + December 7th, 2011

People might not be cognizant of the enormous trepidation that some Slovaks feel over the prospect of Fico’s return.

On Debt Default Doomsday Scenarios, Part Two

By S. Adam Cardais + November 17th, 2011

A new EBRD report assesses the economic and political fallout in TOL countries from the 2008-2010 global financial crisis – and what’s at stake for the region now, with the eurozone in turmoil

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