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The Ukrainian Revolution and the EU

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The recent developments in Ukraine provide enough reasons to raise questions about the nature of the European Union once again. The lack of membership perspective in the European Neighbourhood Policy has been an act of setting the boundries of Europe, although it says it is aimed …

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Belarus: the Missing Piece

Anti-government protestors gather in the Belarusian capital Minsk in 2006. Draconian laws against such public gatherings have since severely limited opportunities for such action. Photo source: Alex Zelenko via Wikimedia Commons.

The implosion of the Ukrainian government on 22nd February, 2014, following the now former President Yanukovych’s decision to flee the capital Kiev appears likely …

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Partnership in the East: Georgia’s Path to European Integration after Vilnius

President Giorgi Margvelashvili of Georgia meets his Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaitė in November 2013. Photo Source: VOA via Wikimedia Commons.

It would be difficult to regard the third Eastern Partnership summit at Vilnius too much of a success. Following the withdrawal of Armenia from signing a bilateral Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union (EU) …

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Ukraine: a nation divided

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Last week, images of opposition protesters clashing with government forces in Ukraine, and the bloodshed and carnage that followed dominated television screens and newspaper front pages around the world. 88 police officers and protesters were killed, and this escalating violence culminated in the national parliament voting to remove …

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Sochi Olympics: Putin’s Success Story?

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So the Sochi Winter Olympics has drawn to a close and across the country Russian officials must be breathing a sigh of relief. For other than a malfunctioning snowflake during the opening ceremony, everything seems to have gone off without …

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Questions unanswered in Ukraine

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The events of the last few days in Ukraine seem to travel at the speed of light. One moment Victor Yanukovich was signing an agreement with the opposition to end the violence on the streets of Kiev, the next moment Yanukovich was in hiding and the opposition took …

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Game & First Set, Authoritarianism: Central Asia, the U.S. and the failure of Democracy

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Despite some very limited improvements to public freedom and electoral legitimacy, authoritarianism has proved exceptionally durable within Central Asia in the two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The methods of electoral fraud, suppression of opposition, legislative …

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A Stranger no Longer? Turkey and the Armenian question

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According to nationalist opponents of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “It is very likely for the Prime Minister to go to Armenia, lay a wreath at the so-called Armenian Genocide Memorial and apologize to Armenians.” For the far right and some nationalists, recognizing the events of 1915-1918 …

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Russia and the Netherlands: A Year of Discord

This year is a bilateral “Year of Friendship” between Russia and the Netherands, celebrating 400 years of diplomatic relations. Photo Source: iamstardam.com

The year 2013 marks the “Year of friendship” between the Netherlands and Russia, a celebration of 400 years of relations between the two states. Furthermore, this marks the continuation in a trend of …