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The Future of Ukraine is Grim

The Future of Ukraine is Grim

I wish events in Ukraine were not so easy to predict. It was clear from the time of the “Revolution” that Crimea would declare independence from Ukraine and that Russian intelligence would stir up revolt in Eastern Ukraine. This happened and it was not hard to predict. Anyone with a knowledge of Ukraine could have...

Bosnia: The Next Ukrainian Crisis?

Violence is nothing new to Eastern Europe, as the most recent events in Ukraine show. However, there are fears among many analysts that the example of violence used in Ukraine to overthrow governments could be repeated in other countries. Such fears were present in February, when Bosnia saw riots in Tuzla and other major cities...

The Current State of (Non)Democracy in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan prides itself in being the first Islamic republic, established in 1918, even earlier than the Republic of Turkey which was established in 1923.  However, just like Turkey, Azerbaijan is far from a perfect democracy — and probably not a democracy at all.  This was illustrated by October’s reelection of Ilham Aliyev whose “stunning victory”...

Troubled Reformation: Albania and Edi Rama

Albania’s newest Prime Minister, Edi Rama, has had a long career in Albania politics.  Before reaching his current post he was mayor of Albania’s capital, Tirana, for eleven years.  An artist by profession, Rama went through with a program of beautification for the city, clearing illegally constructed slums, opening up thousands of acres of green...

Orbán’s Hungary: The Consequences of Nationalism

Hungary’s government has been heavily criticized in recent years for implementing policies which are unpopular with the rest of Europe, specifically, Central Europe.  Exchanges of enmity between NATO countries is not unusual (eg. Turkey and Greece), but American policymakers should not ignore them.  Traian Băsescu, the President of Romania, recently called Hungary the “focal point for instability,...