Snapshots of Central Asia

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This piece originally appeared in Issue 6/2016 of New Eastern Europe. Subscribe now.

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Holiday Inn Sarajevo

41VFJKZ2lrL. SX352 BO1204203200 A review of Sarajevo’s Holiday Inn on the Frontline of Politics and War by Kenneth Morrison, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

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When an academic ignores inconvenient facts

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12192000415 1fa2bc8818 oA review of Richard Sakwa’s Frontline Ukraine. Crisis in the Borderlands. Published by I. B. Tauris, London, 2015.

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To and for Europe

gates of europeThe Gates of Europe. A History of Ukraine. By: Serhii Plokhy. Publisher: Basic Books, New York, NY USA, 2015.

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A perversion of soft power

VanHerpenA Review of Putin’s Propaganda Machine. Soft power and Russian foreign policy. By: Marcel Van Herpen. Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland, USA, 2016. 


In July 2009, a few months after the inauguration of US President Barack Obama, a letter was published to the new American president in the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. Signed by current and former heads of states and leading intellectuals from Central and Eastern Europe, the letter was meant to be a warning to the new American administration. Despite the success of the region’s rapprochement with the West, the authors felt there was still much work to be done. “20 years after the end of the Cold War,” the authors wrote, “we see that Central and Eastern Europe … is a part of the world that Americans have largely stopped worrying about.” They cautioned it was too premature to “assume that the region's transatlantic orientation, as well as its stability and prosperity, would last forever.”

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