There is a paucity of Ukrainian opinion poll data at a time when this should be vital information for anybody interested in helping Ukraine’s reform process.
A recent decision by the OSCE to revive arms-control talks is unlikely to achieve much without simultaneous efforts to resolve protracted conflicts in Eastern Europe.
The year 2016 witnessed the breakup of the common identity that had held Europe together for over seventy years. Two notable examples come from Britain and Russia.
The European Union is no longer wedded to transforming its Eastern and Southern neighbors. Stabilization is the new priority.
To resolve the deepening polarization in the Baltic region, the West needs to engage frankly and directly with Russia on the future status of the Kaliningrad exclave.
For years to come, the former Soviet Union will be home to some of the world’s most impregnable borders.
Even before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump won the White House, much of Eastern Europe was living in Trumpland, where politics is more about making deals than about building institutions.
Despite their appealing promises, oligarchs do not offer a viable form of governance in countries such as Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
Visa-free access to EU countries is a major attraction for Ukrainians. But delays in the process risk eroding the much-needed support of pro-EU movements in Ukraine.
Moldova’s election of a pro-Russian president may be symbolically important but is unlikely to assuage the conflict in the country’s breakaway region of Transdniestria.