New Eastern Europe


Ukraine: The Kingdom of the Oligarchs

Prospects for Ukraine’s long-term success and cohesion will be determined by its ability to pursue far-reaching reforms to modernize the state and to check the power of the oligarchs.

Long Live Minsk II?

The Minsk agreements are fragile.How effectively they are implemented will depend primarily on the Europeans’ ability to convince Moscow to pressure separatists into observing the ceasefire, and on Kyiv’s ability to keep nationalist militias in line. If either side fails to do so, the fighting is likely to resume.

Who Benefits From Ending Russian-Ukrainian Cooperation in the Space and Defense Sectors?

The Russian government’s decision to end cooperation with Ukraine on two space launch programs is likely due to political motivations alone and goes against the economic and technological interests of Russia, Ukraine, and many other countries. This decision is worth reconsidering.

What’s Behind Lithuania’s Restored Compulsory Military Service?

  • Luke Coffey
  • Konstantin Ranks
About seven years after abolishing compulsory military service and amidst the tense situation in Ukraine, Lithuania has restored conscription. Eurasia Outlook asked its experts to weigh in on the deeper meaning of this maneuver and what its consequences might be.

Doomsday in Ukraine? Think Again

  • Alyona Getmanchuk
In the short term, Ukraine is on the verge of economic and, perhaps, political collapse. Yet in the longer term, the real question is whether the emergence of a coherent Ukrainian national identity creates a solid consensus for reform of the state and a sustained Western trajectory.

Sanctions Vortex or Global Thinking?

  • Sergej Sumlenny
The European and U.S. sanctions seem to be the most challenging factor for western companies doing business in Russia. As sanctions lists and types of sanctions have got more and more complicated during the last year, clarity has decreased and risks have increased dramatically.

A Year After Maidan: Why Did Viktor Yanukovych Flee After Signing the Agreement With the Opposition?

February 22, 2014, Ukraine’s then president Viktor Yanukovych surprised the world by fleeing Kyiv, just after an agreement had been reached with the country's opposition. One eventful year later, Eurasia Outlook asked several experts why they think Yanukovych fled when he did.

After Minsk, Is Germany Still a Leader?

If Merkel is synonymous with Germany, then German political and diplomatic weight has certainly risen to the height of true European leadership.

Who Will Be the First to Break the Peace in Ukraine?

The West should be linking aid to Ukraine to peace rather than war.

What Did Minsk II Actually Achieve?

The Minsk agreements lay the political groundwork for peace in Ukraine. Still, several important questions remain. Moreover, the agreements are likely to be too little too late for the warring parties: they may not settle for anything less than what they consider victory.
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