Friday 1 October 2010
September 29, 2010
Azerbaijan And The West: Beyond Interest, Toward Commitment
The cooperation Azerbaijan forged with the West, especially with the United States, has over the years been characterized as strategic by many, short-term by some, and untruthful by others. However, even when relations reached an all-time low, Azerbaijan never wavered in its commitment to its partnership with the West.
September 22, 2010
Current Crisis Is Opportunity To Improve Roma Status
Good can only come from the Roma being thrust into the European spotlight -- if the EU adopts a far more serious and long-term approach to improving the circumstances of a marginalized group of Europeans who are rapidly growing in number.
September 22, 2010
Azerbaijan -- A Questionable Partner For The West
Instead of futile and shortsighted efforts aimed at pleasing the ruling Azerbainjani dynasty, Elmar Chakhtakhtinski argues that Western policies should focus on supporting those forces within Azerbaijan that promote the shared values of democracy and individual liberties.
September 18, 2010
The First And Second Murders Of Heorhiy Gongadze
Heorhiy Gongadze was not a martyr in the service of freedom of speech, as some would have him. He was a Ukrainian journalist -- mature, experienced, hardened, and, at the same time, somewhat romantic. He was, however, very serious about his work.
September 16, 2010
Waving The Banner Of Azerbaijan's New Oil Boom
Twenty years after Azerbaijan gained its independence, the country is experiencing a second oil boom. Only this time, Elnur Aslanov argues, Azerbaijan is in charge of its natural resources and Azerbaijani citizens are reaping the benefits.
September 10, 2010
Press Freedom Under Threat In Ukraine
Five years later, the Orange Revolution brought to Ukraine greater liberties than any of its ex-Soviet comrades, with the exception of the Baltic states. But today, just six months after taking office, the government of President Viktor Yanukovych is turning back the clock on press freedoms, a revanche that poses a stern test for Ukraine's civil society.
September 08, 2010
Can Serbia Move Beyond Kosovo?
Instead of seeking a solution that takes into account the desire of 2 million Kosovo Albanians to live in their own country, most Serbian political parties have adopted populist positions aimed solely at marketing themselves. By keeping Kosovo at the top of the domestic political agenda in Serbia, the parties have distracted the public from issues like the failure of reforms, kleptocratic privatization deals, rampant corruption, crime, and falling living standards.
September 07, 2010
In Crisis-Ravaged Pakistan, The Generals Are Waiting In The Wings
The words "this is a critical time for Pakistan" have been used so often since the country gained independence in 1947 that it has become virtually meaningless. Practically every ruler and ruling party in the country’s history has used it, usually as a prelude to the intervention of the military in political life.