Politics
Pyrrhic Victory for Georgia’s United National Movement

Although Mikheil Saakashvili retained the UNM’s brand after its split, has he also damaged the party’s chances at acting as a stable opposition force?

By JAM News
20 February 2017
Around the Bloc
Moldovan Artist Gives Tangible Form to “Theft of the Century”

According to its creator, the piles of fake bills totaling the billion dollars that went missing from local banks is meant to show the scale of the fraud. 

20 February 2017
Around the Bloc
Demonstrations Throughout Belarus Against “Parasite” Law

Authorities decide not to quash the protests – at least for now.

20 February 2017
Around the Bloc
Estonia Denies Spying on U.S. Officials

Prime minister slams story of an intelligence operation carried out by a Baltic country concerned by Trump’s ties with Russia.

17 February 2017
Opinion
Prepaid Surveillance

The Polish authorities are sacrificing citizens’ fundamental rights in a misguided strategy to increase security.

By Anna Obem
17 February 2017
Around the Bloc
Central Europe Demands Western-Quality Foods

Food advocates say the food industry discriminates against the region by using lower-quality ingredients and more chemicals.

17 February 2017
Around the Bloc
Governors’ Resignations Part of ‘Rotation Process,’ Kremlin Says

Regional heads are stepping down as the country gears for elections later this year.

17 February 2017
Around the Bloc
St. Petersburg Split Over Cathedral Handover

Opponents say decision highlights growing influence of Orthodox Church in Russian life.

16 February 2017
Media
Protecting Eastern European Journalists, Before It’s Too Late

More than half a year after the death of journalist Pavel Sheremet, his colleagues are frustrated about the apparent lack of progress in finding his killers. From Hromadske. 

16 February 2017
Media
Newspapers Without News

Moldova has been a regional leader in open government, but the media recently launched a campaign to highlight backtracking on commitments to greater transparency.

14 February 2017
Society
‘Is What We Do Immoral?’

Sex workers, NGOs, lawyers and doctors debate the pros and cons of legalizing prostitution in the South Caucasus. From Meydan TV. 

By Gunel Movlud, Edita Badasyan, and Gayane Mkrtchyan
10 February 2017
Environment
Armenia: Before the Gold Rush

A British mining company has struck gold in southern Armenia. What’s in it for the locals? From openDemocracy.

By Peter Liakhov
9 February 2017
Society
Azerbaijan's Jews: Hard-Won Harmony

The Caucasus country’s deep-rooted Jewish community is holding on in the face of massive emigration. From Meydan TV.

By Gunel Movlud, Aziz Kerimov, and Gaji Gajiyev
8 February 2017
Books
Can Russia Be Remade From Below?

Douglas Rogers' book on the role of oil as a source for state-building in the Perm region suggests more diverse trajectories for Russian political development than commonly assumed.

By Andre Haertel
7 February 2017
Education
Leveling Out

As the new Lithuanian government urges emigres to return home, the education of their children moves center stage, with promising results.

By Linas Jegelevicius
6 February 2017
People
Dialing Up the Diaspora

After years of promises, Armenia’s leadership President Serzh Sargsyan says it’s high time to get Armenians abroad more involved in development policy, but will the diaspora even be interested? 

By JAMnews
3 February 2017
Society
Blow After Blow

Tabloid tells abusers how to exploit Russia's decriminalization of domestic violence.

By Kevin Rothrock
1 February 2017
Media
An Easy Target for Russia

The anti-Belarus smear campaign in Russian media has gained momentum and even led to arrests at the end of last year. 

By Andrei Yeliseyeu and Veranika Laputska
26 January 2017
Education
There in Theory, Absent in Practice
In Russia, children with special educational needs are often lucky to get any education — or any work afterwards. From openDemocracy. By Tatyana Dvornikova
25 January 2017
Arts & Culture
How to Save Armenfilm

A group of young people have united around the idea of reviving Armenia’s once renowned but now run-down studio, but it won’t be easy. 

By JAMnews
18 January 2017

COLUMNS

Ivory Tower
Introducing Trumpology

Flynn’s departure complicates the notion of a radical shift of U.S. policy on Russia, but how likely was that anyway?

By PETER RUTLAND
15 February 2017
Middle Europa
Why Vladimir Meets Viktor

Putin’s visit to Budapest is yet another signal of changing loyalties and orientations – once unthinkable just a few years ago. 

By MARTIN EHL
1 February 2017
The Fourth Estate
Evolution Gone Wrong Premium

Predicting media development in Romania after it happens.

By PETER GROSS
30 January 2017
Middle Europa
How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot  Premium

The recent scandals of the Polish opposition were of its own making, and have set back attempts to unnerve the ruling party.

By MARTIN EHL
13 January 2017
Ivory Tower
The Return of Kremlinology Premium

Whatever the truth about who knew what and about whom, it is clear that the Kremlin sees itself locked in an ideological war. 

By PETER RUTLAND
12 January 2017
Ivory Tower
Putin and Trump: Where From Here? Premium

They might outwardly seem willing to wheel and deal. But it’s increasingly difficult to see how any agreement might actually look.

By PETER RUTLAND
20 December 2016
Middle Europa
The Question of the Poor East Premium

A success story at first glance, southeastern Poland’s development is still lagging behind in areas needed to make the locals happy.  

By MARTIN EHL
12 December 2016

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