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Memorial

National images of the past

The twentieth century and the "war of memories". An appeal by the International Memorial Society

If contradictions between national memories are recognized and understood, the historical awareness of each society is enriched. Eurozine republishes a call by the International Memorial Society for the creation of a platform upon which such a dialogue can be conducted. [more]

05.12.2008

 

 

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Memorial

National images of the past

The twentieth century and the "war of memories". An appeal by the International Memorial Society

If contradictions between national memories are recognized and understood, the historical awareness of each society is enriched. Eurozine republishes a call by the International Memorial Society for the creation of a platform upon which such a dialogue can be conducted. [more]

05.12.2008

 

 

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Reinhard Mutz

The end of humility

After Georgia, the Kremlin is back in the dock. Yet many western states have themselves been less than squeamish about military intervention. The West should talk more to Russia and less about it. [more]

21.10.2008

 

 

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Ivan Krastev

The crisis of the post-Cold War European order

Ivan Krastev argues that a policy of engagement focused on national interest and a radical turn from value-based foreign policy to nineteenth century Realpolitik is not a workable option for relations between Russia and the West. [English version added] [more]

10.09.2008

 

 

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Hauke Ritz

The global chessboard

The new cold war of Obama's adviser Zbigniew Brezinski

Barack Obama's main geostrategic adviser, the Cold Warrior Zbigniew Brzezinski, believes that if America is to remain a superpower, it must expand its influence in Eurasia and confront both Russia and China. [more]

17.07.2008

 

 

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Dmitrii Furman

Russia at the crossroads

Logic and the end of "imitation democracy"

The Belavezha Accords in 1991, which dissolved the USSR without a democratic mandate, condemned subsequent presidents to rule by "imitated democracy". Putin's decision to step down after two terms has given Russia a chance to depart from that path of development, argues Dmitri Furman. [more]

23.04.2008

 

 

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Vladislav Inosemzev

The Putin regime

The managed transition from Putin to Medvedev conceals a necessary insight: that the principles of the Putin regime are fundamentally unsustainable, since they combine a nostalgic view of the past with purely cyclical economic successes. [more]

11.03.2008

 

 

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Vicken Cheterian

Georgia: Too little change

In Georgia, an elite of Rose Revolutionaries is working to impose social engineering on the rest of society. Just how democratic are Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili's "top-down" social transformations? [more]

24.07.2007

 

 

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Lilia Shevtsova

Russia's will to world power

Autocracy, energy, ideology

Until now, Russia and the West have been imitating "strategic partnership". To create a genuinely stable partnership, however, the US must reverse its drive towards military hegemony. For its part, Russia must make the transition to fully democratic standards. [more]

16.05.2007

 

 

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Georg Vobruba

Expansion without enlargement

Europe's dynamism and the EU's neighbourhood policy

In order to protect its core, the EU is creating a buffer zone at its periphery. But these states are perceived as a source of problems as much as a solution. [English version added] [more]

28.09.2007

 

 

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Lev Gudkov

Russia's systemic crisis

Negative mobilization and collective cynicism

Russia is degenerating into a police state, society has descended into poverty, and the country is becoming increasingly isolated, writes Lev Gudkov. Worse still: the Russian public is united only in the view that talk of common goals is the empty rhetoric of demagogues. [more]

13.09.2007

 

 

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Thomas von Ahn

Democracy or the street?

On the stability of the Hungarian political system

The demonstrations in Budapest in September 2006 marked the culmination of a conflict between Conservatives and the liberal Left. The rift is exacerbated by politicized disputes about the past, argues Thomas von Ahn. [more]

07.05.2007

 

 

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Dmitrii Furman

Origins and elements of imitated democracies

On political development in the post-Soviet space

Throughout the territory of the former Soviet Union, regimes have established themselves behind a democratic facade while concentrating power in the hands of a president. Contrary to their purported stability, all contain the seeds of their own downfall. [English version added] [more]

09.10.2007

 

 

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Hans-Georg Wieck

Democracy promotion at a dead end

Europe is failing in Belarus

European charters for democratic reform have run aground in Belarus. Expressions of solidarity are not enough: Europe needs to adopt the US strategy of promoting the opposition directly. [Belarusian version added] [more]

07.02.2007

 

 

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Margarete Wiest

Limited pluralism

Post-communist authoritarian systems

In the study of post-communist societies, the concept of authoritarianism is increasingly being used in connection with underdeveloped legal systems, the close alliance of politics and the economy, and lack of pluralism. [more]

08.09.2006

 

 

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Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Roses, oranges... and coca

What remains of revolutions in the globalized world?

Unlike the Orange revolutionaries, Bolivian president Evo Morales challenges the global hierarchy -- hence his lukewarm reception in the West. [more]

27.06.2006

 

 

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Ulrich Schmid

Nasi: the Putin youth

Soviet tradition and political conceptual art

The pro-Putin youth movement Nasi (Ours) is a hierarchical organization that combines structures of the Komsomol with activities inspired by the dissident conceptual art of the 1970s and 1980s. [more]

12.06.2006

 

 

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Alexandre Billette, Jean-Arnault Dérens

How Belarus elects Lukashenko

Everyone knew that the presidential elections would be manipulated. However, many Belarusians hope that the last dictatorship in Europe will end soon. [more]

14.03.2006

 

 

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Mischa Gabowitsch

At the margins of Europe

Russia and Turkey

November 2005 saw the opening of the monumental Blue Stream pipeline, which pumps natural gas from Russia across the Black Sea to the Turkish Mediterranean coast. Is a new Eurasian alliance forming at the margins of Europe? [more]

07.04.2006

 

 

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Sonja Margolina

Shadow-state Gasprom

Since 2001, rising oil prices have lent the Kremlin ever increasing confidence. Today, Russian oil concern Gasprom is the real Russian state, using its pipelines as an instrument of control over neighbouring countries. [more]

18.11.2005

 

 

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Marcus Bensmann

Democrats, clans, and apparatchiks

The revolt in Kyrgyzstan in March 2005 and the massacre in Andijan in Uzbekistan have led to very different developments. In Kyrgyzstan, it looks as though a civil society could develop from the chaos. In Uzbekistan, the old despotic regime could use the brutal suppression of insurgency to tighten its stranglehold. [more]

20.10.2005

 

 

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Augusta Conchiglia

Mugabe's iron hand

Zimbabwe's government fights homelessness by tearing down houses

"Operation cleanup", begun in Zimbabwe in April 2005, is forcing hut-dwellers to dismantle their homes; the UN estimates around 2.4 million people have been affected so far. The pretext is urban renewal, but the real reasons are likely to be political: land will be re-allocated to Mugabe supporters in order to pre-empt a popular revolt. [more]

21.09.2005

 

 

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Boris Dubin, Lev Gudkov

The oligarch as public enemy

How the Khodorkovsky case benefits the Putin regime

Cynicism, argue Gudkov and Dubin, is eroding the foundations of the Putin regime and destabilizing its system of controlled democracy. [more]

31.08.2005

 

 

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Reinhold Vetter

Who are the true Europeans?

Central eastern Europe and the EU crisis

The current crisis of the EU represents a chance for the new member states. Central eastern Europe can start to act as a centre for reforms that will define the future form of the European Union. [more]

08.08.2005

 

 

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Alain Gresh

Lebanon's democracy without democrats

Little remains of the revolutionary mood of the "cedar revolution" that followed the murder of Rafik Hariri in March. Meanwhile, fears grow that sectarianism is just what US foreign policy desires. [more]

17.06.2005

 

 

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Rafael Kandiyoti

Pipelines in permafrost

Russia delivers oil and gas. China, Japan, and Korea want as much of it as possible

A look at Putin's policies and the supply and demand of oil in the Far East. [more]

20.05.2005

 

 

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Lev Gudkov

The fetters of victory

How the war provides Russia with its identity

On the symbolic role of the Great Patriotic War in propping up national confidence, and how the taboo on the underside of victory serves the interests of the post-Soviet social order. [more]

03.05.2005

 

 

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Mykola Riabchuk

Ukraine at the crossroads

Can a state based on blackmail be reformed?

What will it take to really change the Ukrainian political system? [more]

18.05.2005

 

 

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Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Is Ukraine heading for breakup?

Parts of Ukraine threaten to seek autonomy from the capital Kiev. Tatiana Zhurzhenko looks at what is behind these threats. How big is the risk of Ukraine falling apart? [more]

19.01.2005

 

 

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Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Is Ukraine heading for breakup?

Parts of Ukraine threaten to seek autonomy from the capital Kiev. Tatiana Zhurzhenko looks at what is behind these threats. How big is the risk of Ukraine falling apart? [more]

19.01.2005

 

 

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Thomas Schreiber

New Europe and America

The American dream of Europe

Eastern Bloc countries clung to the illusion they could become full allies with the US. [more]

18.05.2004

 

 

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Neal Ascherson

The first Europeans of Tbilisi

Georgia after the revolution

Georgia is looking westwards. [more]

22.04.2004

 

 

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Vicken Cheterian

To the west and back

The Caucasus after the vote in Georgia

The problems for the new Georgian president are yet to come. [more]

27.01.2004

 

 

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Mathilde Damoisel, Régis Genté

Between hammer and anvil

Georgia, Abchasia and the Russian Federation

Will Russia be able to strengthen its sphere of influence in the Caucasus? [more]

23.10.2003

 

 

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Tomas Vrba

Czech dreams, Czech doubts

After the referendum

As Czechs have now voted to enter the European Union, Thomas Vrba looks at the developments over the last thirteen years to find out how a once distant dream has finally turned into reality. [more]

16.02.2004

 

 

Articles published in the Partner Section

 

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Heftbeschreibung Osteuropa 12/2008

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22.01.2009

 

 

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Abstracts for Osteuropa 11/2008

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05.12.2008

 

 

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Abstracts for Osteuropa 11/2008

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05.12.2008

 

 

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Éditorial

L'Europe devant le conflit russo-géorgien

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20.10.2008

 

 

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Abstracts for Osteuropa 4-5/2008

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24.06.2008

 

 

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Abstracts for Osteuropa 11/2007

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30.11.2007

 

 

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Abstracts for Osteuropa 8-9/2007

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28.09.2007

 

 

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Abstracts for Osteuropa Special issue

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21.08.2007

 

 

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Abstracts for Osteuropa 7/2007

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27.07.2007

 

 

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Weiterungen

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13.02.2007

 

 

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Abstracts for Osteuropa 2-3/2007

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13.02.2007

 

 

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Abstracts for Osteuropa 1/2007

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17.01.2007

 

 

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Abstracts for Osteuropa 10/2006

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20.11.2006

 

 

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Abstracts for Osteuropa 7/2006

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30.07.2006

 

 

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Abstracts for Osteuropa 3/2006

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30.03.2006

 

 

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Abstracts for Osteuropa 9/2005

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30.10.2005

 

 

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Editorial "Transit" 29 (2005)

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15.07.2005

 

 

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Per Wirtén

Radikalismens fantasyvärld

När vänstervågen äntligen börjar rulla upp i strukturer och samtiden känns mognare än någonsin springer radikaler in i barnkammaren. Det är ett sorgligt reprisbeteende. [more]

16.06.2005

 

 

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Mary Kaldor

Slutet för nationalmyten

Global politik viktigare nu än någonsin

Talibanregimen föll. Och visst kan det vara en fungerande strategi att ösa in pengar i repressiva stater och döda redan kända terrorister - i några år. Men om USA fortsätter att agera som en nationalstat är framtiden sannerligen dyster. En genuin global politik är nu inte bara önskvärd i sig, utan helt avgörande för fred, skriver Mary Kaldor. [more]

09.01.2002

 


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