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Post-Soviet States

Does EU’s “border backyard” intersect Russia’s “Near Abroad”?

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The wide-ranging experience of the “Big-Bang” enlargement provided initial impetus for extended cooperation with EU’s neighbouring countries and has progressively transformed in “European Neighbourhood Policy” (ENP). After launching an intensive and increasingly integrating program, aiming to avoid new divisions in Europe and boost tremendously compound transformation process in the EU’s Southern and Eastern neighbours, harsh discussions are open which tend to ...

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Why is Russia Immune to Economic Sanctions and how should Georgia act?

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It has been more than a year and a half since the European Union and the United States have imposed an array of economic sanctions against Russia. Economic sanctions of Western countries followed the annexation of Crimean peninsula by Russia in March 2014. Prior to the annexation, Viktor Yanukovych – the President of Ukraine – was forced into resignation following ...

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Judiciary Reform in Ukraine: Promises and Challenges

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The seventh President of the US Andrew Jackson once said that all the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary.

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Development of Ukraine: High Tech as a solution

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Those hoping for a better future for Ukraine will be disappointed, unless the economy focuses on high tech industry. Ukraine’s economic downfall – the industrial East of Ukraine is devastated, while Russian market has been closed at once – assures that Ukraine can no longer afford its economy the way it is now. It urgently needs revitalization and high tech is a key to ...

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Values shift in Ukraine: any evidence yet?

Around a year ago, I made an argument predicting the value shift in Ukraine. I was and am absolutely aware that it is dangerous to give any kind of predictions in social sciences, especially when it comes to Ukraine. Nevertheless, I emphasized the value shift that I observed during and after (if it is over yet) the Revolution of Dignity ...

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Georgia’s ambivalence on Ukrainian crisis

Demonstrators carry posters and Georgian and Ukrainian flags as they head to a rally in support of the Ukrainian opposition, in downtown Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The rally was organized by youth and students organizations in Tbilisi. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)

Since the unraveling crisis in Ukraine, Georgian Dream ruling coalition has taken an apathetic position toward the current developments in our partner country. As well as Ukrainian people, our society has expected a momentous support from Georgian authorities to Ukraine. However, the ruling coalition encounters myriad of external and internal impediments that make elaboration of an unambiguous approach toward Ukraine hardly achievable.

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Freedom Day, Independence Day and the Art of Exclusion

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Today many Belarusians celebrate Freedom Day (Dzień Voli) commemorating a creation on that day in 1918 of Belarusian People’s Republic – first attempt to bring about an independent Belarusian state. Debates about whether it was a successful project or a failed state endure even today, with both sides resorting to history, political theories and international law to prove their respective ...

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The Untold Story of Ukraine’s War: The Women of Maidan

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“Men fight wars, and women mourn them,” claims Anastasia Taylor-Lind, a documentary photographer. Tayor-Lind positions Ukrainian women on the periphery of the revolution, contributing to the complete erasure of women’s participation in Euromaidan. In reality, women played a crucial role in the revolution.

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2014: The Worst and the Best Year in Modern Ukraine’s History

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It is December out there, which means it is time to take a stock. I will try to re-think and critically evaluate the last year of Ukraine’s history as an independent state. 

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