Archive for the ‘Society’ Category

In Belarus, Dissent Your Father’s Activism

By Barbara Frye + October 19th, 2012

What it is about Belarus that brings out the funny?

In Bosnia, What’s Next?

By S. Adam Cardais + October 4th, 2012

Post-Dayton Bosnia is broken. Can it be fixed?

Pussy Riot Behind Bars

By S. Adam Cardais + September 27th, 2012

The Russian dissident punk rockers open up to GQ about their lives in prison

Would Serbs Trade Kosovo for the EU?

By S. Adam Cardais + September 21st, 2012

The question is in the air this week with Belgrade saying it might hold a referendum on Kosovo

Kosovo: The Challenges Ahead

By S. Adam Cardais + September 13th, 2012

By gaining full independence this week, Kosovo reached a political milestone. But major hurdles remain.

Europe: Too Afraid to Fail?

By S. Adam Cardais + September 6th, 2012

Fear inspired the EU’s creation – will fear save it?

The Czech Republic: Still Coming Up Short on Civility

By Jeremy Druker + September 5th, 2012

Preferring to analyze more meaty indicators that purport to represent the depth and breath of democracy, some academics sometimes ignore all those little things that also represent, in their way, the success of the transition.

Reconciling Differences in Macedonian Classrooms

By Ky Krauthamer + September 3rd, 2012

Modernizing history textbooks is a Herculean job for a group of dedicated educators.

Tatarstan’s Word Wars

By Ky Krauthamer + August 27th, 2012

In the 1990s Tatarstan carved out a special role within the Russian Federation. In the 2000s much of that progress was rolled back by a resurgent Moscow, starting with an assault on the Latin alphabet.

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A group of 30 intellectuals, Protestant ministers, and theologians even released a petition calling for the bill to be withdrawn, saying it would turn Christ’s teachings on their head.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

Pussy Riot’s Defiance

By S. Adam Cardais + August 9th, 2012

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

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

Much Ado About Nothing

By S. Adam Cardais + July 5th, 2012

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

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?

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