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The delayed threat of Strelkov's opposition movement (Commentary)

Anna Arutunyan - 20 June 2016

The former military commander of the Donetsk People’s Republic has launched the All-Russian Nationalist Movement, which is an extremely important development to watch.

Intermarium - the view from Georgia (Commentary)

Tornike Zurabashvili - 26 May 2016

If friends of Ukraine and Georgia want to achieve a lasting security on the eastern frontiers of Europe, they should invest their time and energy to minimise intra-European divisions.

How Russia weaponized Eurovision – not (Commentary)

Anna Arutunyan - 19 May 2016

It’s not that pop culture has been weaponised. It’s more that Russia’s geopolitical adventures over the last several years owe at least as much, if not more, to Jerry Springer as they do to Soviet military doctrines.

EU-Russia relations in the Arctic on ice (Commentary)

Duncan Depledge and Dmitriy Tulupov - 17 May 2016

Pending any major breakthrough in Ukraine or Syria, Brussels needs to decide whether it is willing to compromise its position on Ukraine (perhaps by excluding the Russian offshore Arctic from sanctions) for the sake of symbolic recognition at the Arctic Council of its Arctic interests.

No reforms, no aid for Ukraine (Commentary)

Josh Cohen - 06 May 2016

The West should require Kyiv to take these specific steps to fight graft before disbursing further aid.

Hungary in the grip of a bear hug (Commentary)

Dariusz Kalan - 05 May 2016

 After six years of Orbán’s government, the country is much more dependent on Russia than it was in 2010, while Russia has gained influence over Hungarian politics, and potentially a way to interfere in EU decision-making.

Banning the Mejlis: From “carrots” to “gauntlets” (Commentary)

Ridvan Bari Urcosta - 19 April 2016

Russia tried using “carrots” to incentivise and co-opt the Crimean Tatars, but now it is resorting to “gauntlets” instead. 

Countering Russian expansionism: Blueprints for a new security alliance (Commentary)

Andreas Umland - 18 April 2016

Prospects for a central and eastern European security union

Georgia: Fearing the worst from the Karabakh flare-up (Commentary)

Tornike Zurabashvili - 12 April 2016

Georgia fears that Nagorno-Kharabakh hostilities could draw in powerful neighbours, Turkey and Russia

Erase and Rewind: Moldova’s Constitutional Reform (Commentary)

Stanislav Secrieru - 07 April 2016

The timing and political consequences of the decision to repeal the constitutional amendments seem to confirm suspicions over the independence of the court.