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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.

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

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.

The ECB To The Rescue

By S. Adam Cardais + December 22nd, 2011

Can the ECB’s new bank recapitalization scheme forestall eurozone contagion in Central and Eastern Europe?

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?

Losing its Luster?

By S. Adam Cardais + December 8th, 2011

As the eurozone crisis escalates, post-communist Europe is cooling on the euro. Should we be alarmed? Or even surprised?

A Painful Separation in Kazakhstan

By Barbara Frye + December 6th, 2011

As these students lose their Peace Corps teacher, what will happen to the dreams that he urged them to chase?

Moscow’s Syria Dilemma

By Barbara Frye + November 29th, 2011

Honest broker, fellow autocracy, or mercenary arms dealer? Whatever its role, if Assad falls, Russia is twice burned.

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

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.

Of Debt Default and Doomsday Scenarios

By S. Adam Cardais + November 10th, 2011

Even as the 2008 financial crisis spread to Western Europe, TOL’s coverage area was thought insulated. Then came Lehman Brothers. How exposed are post-Communist Europe and Central Asia to the European debt crisis?

Travels in the Albanian Riviera

By S. Adam Cardais + November 3rd, 2011

Albania’s Ionian coast, Frommer’s Top Value Destination 2012, is a stunning spot for adventurous travelers.

What Does Democratic Transition Look Like?

By Barbara Frye + November 1st, 2011

How much can we tell about Eastern Europe’s democracies from its public spaces?

A Visit to David Cerny’s “Metalmorphosis”

By S. Adam Cardais + October 27th, 2011

A fan of the controversial Czech artist’s work in Prague, I couldn’t pass up a chance to visit his spinning-metallic-human-head-water-fountain in the U.S.

A Look at the Systems That Allow Corruption to Flourish

By Barbara Frye + October 25th, 2011

If you were a dictator looking to siphon off some oil money, you would do well to look west for some help.

Mongolia’s Economic Miracle, Revisited

By S. Adam Cardais + October 20th, 2011

Mongolia’s economy is soaring thanks to a mining boom. Can it last?

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.

Putin and the Presidency: An Unwelcome Return?

By S. Adam Cardais + September 29th, 2011

Vladimir Putin’s grip on Russian politics could stretch to 2024 with Dmitry Medvedev handing over the presidency next year, but Russians are growing weary of the ex-KGB officer

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.

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