• Moldova: A Long-Term Construction

    At the end of August, The Republic of Moldova celebrated its 23rd anniversary of independence. In this period, the country has taken on many challenges such as nationalism, migration and the economic crisis.

  • Now Available: Issue 4/2014 - Moldova: The Star Pupil of Europe's East?

    The September-October 2014 issue of New Eastern Europe is now available in e-version and on newsstands worldwide.

  • Shaking up the International Order

    If the West does not take the necessary steps, a return to the new Cold War with zones of influence is inevitable. In the long term, the nightmare scenario of a Third World War may really come true.

  • A Tangled Path to Europe

    Review of Bittersweet Europe. Albanian and Georgian Discourses on Europe, 1878-2008. By: Adrian Brisku. Publisher: Berghahn Books, August 2013.

  • Five Fallacies of Professor Cohen

    Professor Stephen Cohen is one of the most vocal voices in the West who tries to show the Russiann position and argumentation in the current crisis in Ukraine. His analysis serves to justify Russian actions and puts the blame on the West.

  • (In)dependence Day of Ukraine

    On August 23rd 2014, Ukraine celebrated its 23rd anniversary of independence. This time, unlike previous years, it was not a happy holiday for millions of Ukrainians.

  • Defining Victory in Ukraine

    The vicious cycle of violence and confusion is bound to continue until Kyiv clearly defines what victory looks like. However, it must first recognise that defining victory is its own responsibility.

  • The Hidden Growth of Islamic Extremism in Kosovo

    The recent arrest of 40 alleged Islamic radicals in Kosovo together with the arrest of one of the Kosovo Imams suspected of being an inspirer of jihad in the region brought serious questions about the radicalisation of Islam and terrorism in Kosovo, in the Balkans and in Europe. 

  • Another Maidan on the Horizon?

    The battle for Ukraine’s future is as much in the east as it is within the realms of public bureaucracy. And while the former is taking place on the real battlefield, where real people die and suffer, the latter, unfortunately, is being waged on a much more superficial level.

  • Why Germany Won’t Get Real with Russia

    Germany’s role in the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia is meant to appear to be that of a neutral arbiter. But in reality, Berlin seems much more interested in restoring good relations with Russia than in preventing another frozen conflict on European soil. 

  • Poland-Russia: A 180 Degree Shift?

    In December 2013, improvements in Polish-Russian relations seemed to be undeniable. After only half a year, bilateral relations made a 180-degree shift. Russia was unanimously judged by the Polish elite as the number one threat to Poland’s security.

  • The President Who Cried Wolf

    Putin is acting like a well-known fairy-tale character, the boy who cried wolf. The difference is that he is the one who controls the wolves.

  • Armenia and Azerbaijan: Seeking Compromise

    Tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan flared up over the past weeks, as casualties rocketed on both sides in what has been the worst fighting in two decades. Both parties have now agreed to “compromise” and a peaceful solution to the conflict.


  • Expansionism: The Core of Russia's Foreign Policy

    Russian expansionist foreign policy is clearly marked by anti-Americanism. Russia seems to be particularly interested in issues that have a high potential of breaking coalitions between the United States and its European partners.

  • Why the West Should Reflect on its “Russia Strategy”

    If the West wants a reposeful and cooperative Russia, then understanding Russia’s geopolitical fear is important. However, it appears the key Western actors, whether the US, the EU, NATO are either not cognizant of Russia’s fears or intentionally disregard them in their policy.

  • An Alarming Situation in Azerbaijan

    The situation of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan is increasingly alarming. Not only unfavourable amendments have been introduced to Azerbaijani law, but the authorities have also arrested a number of opposition activists under bogus charges.

  • Transnistria’s Difficult Choice

    Transnistria is commonly seen by the outside world as a Russian puppet. However, a recent tape scandal in this breakaway state made many wonder which side Tiraspol is actually backing in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

  • What Future Awaits Ukraine?

    The people who fought for a better future in the streets of Kyiv not so long ago, do not know now where the country is heading and what the fate awaits them tomorrow.

  • The Great Gamble in the High North

    The Arctic poses a unique challenge to Russian foreign policy. No other region is viewed with such optimism and national pride in Russia, yet international cooperation and good relations with other Arctic states are essential to success.

  • An Obedient Child of the Russian Federation

    New Eastern Europe's exclusive interview with Stanislav Shushkevich, a Belarusian politician and scientist, the first leader and head of state of independent Belarus after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

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