New Eastern Europe

    • Research

    Belarus: Time for Creative Thinking

    While the EU and the United States enacted strong repercussions for the violent crackdowns following Belarus' December presidential elections, long-term stability will require moving beyond the current political stalemate.

    • Event

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister on U.S.-Ukrainian Relations

    As Ukraine continues to reinvent itself both domestically and internationally, the U.S.-Ukraine strategic dialogue remains steady and future-oriented. This bilateral relationship will remain an important factor both in Ukraine’s domestic reforms and in its regional importance.

    • Commentary

    Yanukovych in Davos

    With emerging powers such as China, India, and Brazil capturing the limelight at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Ukraine seemed to have little to share with the world and even less to learn from it.

    • Commentary

    Moldova's Revolution in Slow Motion

    Built gradually on a foundation of growing consensus and electoral support, Moldova’s political change may be more sustainable in the long term than the color revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine.

    • Research

    The “Jasmine Revolution” in Tunisia: Not Just Another Color

    The recent revolution in Tunisia demonstrates that the complete stifling of political opposition does not guarantee longevity for authoritarian regimes.

    • Research

    How the West Has Become the Kremlin’s Hostage

    The recent reset between Russia and the West is being used by Moscow as a tool for the legitimization and perpetuation of the Russian status-quo and hasn’t prevented the strengthening of repressive policies inside Russia.

    • Commentary

    Cracks in Belarus, Confusion in the West

    If the West responds to the recent violent crackdown in Belarus by isolating the country's people and cutting off all dialogue with the authorities in Minsk, it misses the chance to empower more forward-looking elements in Belarusian society and within the ruling regime.

    • Research

    A Post-Election Agenda for Belarus

    Following last month's presidential election and subsequent government crackdown on opposition activists, Belarus is at a strategic crossroads, but a swift response by Minsk could salvage the country's course toward reform and greater integration.

    • Research

    Causes and Consequences of Belarus’s Post-Electoral Violence

    The presidential elections in Belarus were marred by serious irregularities in the voting process, which led to violence on the streets of Minsk. The key question at this point is why, despite moderate improvements over previous elections, things went wrong.

    • Research

    A Pyrrhic Victory for Lukashenko?

    Alexander Lukashenko may have won a fourth term as president of Belarus, but he now faces both an opposition capable of mass mobilization and international partners in Europe and Russia that are growing tired of paying to maintain his status quo.

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