Archive for the ‘Society’ Category

Ukraine’s Solar Surge

By S. Adam Cardais + March 1st, 2012

Kiev is courting solar investment – could it get burned?

Stand Up and Be Counted

By Ky Krauthamer + February 27th, 2012

A common thread running through the criticisms of the national Roma programs is the failure to take full advantage of available EU funding.

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?

When Censorship is the Default Mode

By Barbara Frye + February 6th, 2012

Though dramatic attacks on press freedom are a problem, the real threat is a prevailing idea that information simply shouldn’t be free.

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

This Way to Transition (Caution: Frequent Road Closures)

By Ky Krauthamer + January 20th, 2012

“People stared at me as if I were walking two monsters through their streets: women fled from my path, children screamed, old grandmothers swore at me in muted Bulgarian.”

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?

Born for Drudgery?

By Barbara Frye + January 3rd, 2012

Imagine knowing by the age of 15 that your life will always be one of privation and labor.

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”

The Out of Sight, Out of Mind Kids

By Ky Krauthamer + December 16th, 2011

… they simply replaced the word “special” in school names with the word “practical”

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?

Top 10 Stupid Media Tricks: No. 4

By Ky Krauthamer + December 3rd, 2011

TI says its index “is not intended to measure a country’s progress over time.”

On Magor, Mácha, Revolution, and Other Laughing Matters

By Ky Krauthamer + November 18th, 2011

“One of the greatest Czech poets has died, a man who was very elegant in his soul”

The Good Life, Through the Eyes of Statisticians

By Barbara Frye + November 15th, 2011

A quick peek into an annual measure of how well or poorly people around the globe are living.

Bohemian Life: Little Boxes, Little Boxes

By Ky Krauthamer + November 11th, 2011

More than 3 million out of 10 million Czechs live in paneláks

Reform With a Touch of Nationalism-Lite

By Barbara Frye + November 8th, 2011

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

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