Category: Central/Eastern Europe

Supporting local civil society in Ukraine


The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that support local civil society… Read more »

Strengthening local independent media in Belarus


Interested in strengthening local independent media in Belarus, aka ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’? The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for… Read more »

Ukrainians want success stories, not reform façade


On the anniversary of Ukraine’s Maidan protests on Monday, Russia’s REN TV aired a documentary produced by American film director Oliver Stone entitled “Ukraine on Fire,” Deutsche Welle reports: Nina… Read more »

The Crisis of Postnationalism


Nationalism paired with democracy makes for a difficult marriage, but any prospect of divorce is wishful thinking, according to a leading scholar. Like religion, nationalism was supposed to wither away… Read more »

Broken Embraces: Central Europe Falling Out of Love with the West?


A confluence of events and decisions involving American leadership over the past decade has weakened the US role in Europe and its perception by transatlantic partners abroad, according to Senior… Read more »

Europe’s populist threat: reframing the debate


‘Populism’ is often used in such a broad, catch-all fashion that it makes for extremely imprecise analysis and policy prescription, according to Richard Youngs, a Senior Associate with the Carnegie… Read more »

How to address the crisis of democracy


Democracy today is facing greater challenges than at any time since the fall of communism a quarter of a century ago; greater than at any time, in fact, since the… Read more »

Why Ukraine is losing the war on kleptocracy


Few politicians in the world have had to undergo the same experience twice in their career and in different countries, notes Mikheil Saakashvili, the president of Georgia from 2004 to… Read more »

Democracy ‘still the most effective form of government ever devised’


U.S. President Barack Obama warned today against a rise in nationalism and populism – from both Left and Right – noting that a backlash against globalization had stoked illiberal movements…. Read more »