Friday 1 January 2010
December 01, 2009
The Dark Side Of Lisbon
Far from injecting new impetus into the EU's foreign policy, the Lisbon Treaty is likely to further sap its effectiveness. Under the guise of "streamlining" changes, member states will wrest back control over external relations they had ceded to the European Commission over the past decade.
November 30, 2009
No Quick Fix For Moldova's Political Crisis
Moldova's political elite should resist the temptation to throw together a quick constitutional reform to get through the current crisis. Fixing the dysfunctional political system must be done in an atmosphere that rises above the political fray of the moment.
November 19, 2009
Russia And The EU After Lisbon
Although experts in the West generally agree that the Lisbon treaty won’t change the dynamic of relations between the EU and Russia, analysts in Moscow differ. The prevailing view in Russia is that the treaty could ultimately thwart Russia’s tactic of dealing with EU countries separately and of playing them against one another to promote its own interests. The biggest fear in Moscow is that EU consolidation will mean that Russia will have to play by the EU’s rules in the future.
November 18, 2009
From Words To Deeds
The international community must act swiftly to impose itself as an equal stakeholder and partner in tackling corruption in Afghanistan. It must come up with intelligent strategies, accompanied by clear benchmarks and mechanisms to monitor those benchmarks every step of the way.
November 11, 2009
Moldova Keeps Fighting For Attention
Regardless of how the current political standoff plays out, the Alliance for European Integration has a window of opportunity to push ahead with real reforms and set Moldova on the path of democratic and economic development. But it needs the active support of the international community to do so.
November 11, 2009
When The Wall Fell, Asia Rose
The 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall helped transform global geopolitics by triggering the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. But it also set in motion Asia’s dramatic economic rise -- the speed and scale of which have no parallel in world history.
November 09, 2009
RFE And ‘The Curtain Of Silence’
Before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, Radio Free Europe provided listeners with comprehensive information and coverage about the changes sweeping Eastern Europe. It was partly thanks to RFE that the communist regimes were unable to keep the various protests isolated from one another or to restrict the circulation of ideas.
November 06, 2009
Twenty Years Later, And The Communists Are Still With Us
In November 1989, we were given a chance, and we are doing relatively well. We are part of the broader world. Our children are growing up in a sort of democracy. They can travel and study abroad. They speak many languages and so hold the keys to open other worlds. Nonetheless, all is not right.