One Country, Two Cultural Fields
Culture / Development

One Country, Two Cultural Fields

Belarusian Art in the years 1921-1939 As a sovereign state, Belarus is a relatively new formation. It has existed since 1991, when the former Belarusian SSR was proclaimed an independent republic and adopted a new constitution. Throughout history, the territory of contemporary Belarus used to exist in a form of numerous separate princedoms (Kievan Rus, … Continue reading

Russia’s strategic culture or What are the odds of anything happening?
Development / Politics

Russia’s strategic culture or What are the odds of anything happening?

 Russia’s strategic culture  Or: What are the odds of anything happening? Eastern Europe has been the center of attention on security for 15 months. Since events in Ukraine started unfolding rapidly and tensions began rising between Russia and NATO, not to mention diplomatic ties being shaken with the European Union, more publications started speculating on … Continue reading

“The Nord Stream knot” or CEE’s Sisyphean task
Development / Economics

“The Nord Stream knot” or CEE’s Sisyphean task

Piotr Popęda analyses the subtle conflict in the energy sphere between Poland and the Baltic countries versus Russia and Germany. He raises questions about the controversial judgment passed in Hamburg and how the German lawsuit affects European geopolitics and solidarity. “The Nord Stream knot” or CEE’s Sisyphean task In 2006, the Russian company Gazprom and German companies … Continue reading

Romania’s Marshall Plan for Moldova’s economic doldrums
Development / Economics / Politics

Romania’s Marshall Plan for Moldova’s economic doldrums

Romania’s Marshall Plan for Moldova’s doldrums: quixotic crusade or methodic initiative? Dadiana Chiran contends that Romanian assistance might be the key to Moldova’s economic issues. The latter, a country which lost one billion dollars from its national budget, is in need of solidarity and support from its EU neighbour  December 1st marks the glorious unification … Continue reading

Neo-Eurasianism and hybrid warfare: defining Russian expansionism
Politics / Reports

Neo-Eurasianism and hybrid warfare: defining Russian expansionism

Neo-Eurasianism is the school of thought, advocating the amalgamation of  former Soviet Union countries into a single Russian state. Maksym Beznosiuk identifies neo-Eurasianism as the ideological foundation for the Kremlin’s present expansionist policy. The report contends that hybrid warfare is a tool for furthering neo-Eurasianist agenda in practice, as evidenced by the 2014 annexation of Crimea Nearly two years have gone by, since revolutionary events in … Continue reading

Schengen Accession: Romania’s roller coaster ride
Development / Politics

Schengen Accession: Romania’s roller coaster ride

Dadiana Chiran considers the difficulties faced by Romania in the process of negotiating its accesss to the Schengen area Schengen mistress… you’ve been wicked! 2007 marks Romania’s hasty accession to the EU. It was voiced at the times that a prerequisite condition for the country’s accession was to serve as a primary hub for a US military … Continue reading

The Story of Moldova’s ‘Billion Dollar Protest’
Development / Politics

The Story of Moldova’s ‘Billion Dollar Protest’

Thousands of people have taken part in a series of protests in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau, with protesters demanding the government’s resignation and early elections over a $1 billion bank fraud case. Daniel Brett, Ellie Knottand Mihai Popșoi outline why the protests are taking place, who the protesters are, and the likely impact on Moldovan politics. They write that while … Continue reading