How EU can confront the ‘Copenhagen dilemma’

     

  The European Union is founded on a set of common principles of democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights. But whereas candidate Member States are vetted for their… Read more »

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Ukraine: reasons for pessimism – and cautious optimism

     

Time is up for Ukraine’s President to convince society, politicians, and Western partners that he’s prepared to fight corruption. Every day of delay proves the opposite. By not interfering, Poroshenko… Read more »

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Understanding Reform in Myanmar – a new configuration of power?

     

The National League for Democracy’s vigorous support of the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord and national political dialogue along with efforts to strengthen the parliament and other existing institutions can help to… Read more »

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No sign of reform, transparency in Castros’ Cuba

     

Critics of President Obama’s diplomatic outreach to Cuba are claiming vindication this week as the island nation’s Communist Party hard-liners — cheered on by an 89-year-old Fidel Castro — moved… Read more »

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Civil society in post-Soviet space: legitimacy, linkage and learning

     

“Partly free” countries in the post-Soviet space must fight even harder now to protect growing civil societies, argues Orysia Lutsevych, the manager of the Ukraine Forum in London-based think tank… Read more »

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Democratizing China

     

  Perhaps the most intriguing question regarding political development in the post-Mao era is why China has not taken significant steps toward democratization despite more than two decades of unprecedented… Read more »

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Hacking Team penalized for Regeni murder

     

  The Italian government has stripped controversial cyber security company Hacking Team of its licence to export outside the EU amid growing scrutiny of its sales of surveillance software to… Read more »

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Slovakia poll shows impact of Russian propaganda

     

Slovakia orients neither on Russia nor on the West, according to a recent poll carried out by the Slovak Atlantic Commission (SAC), the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) and the… Read more »

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Can Afghanistan survive September?

     

Afghanistan’s prospects for political stability are gloomy, according to analysts Moh.Sayed Madadi and Tabish Forugh.* The National Unity Government (NUG) struggles to govern as it fails to deliver the promises… Read more »

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