Wednesday 1 December 2010
November 28, 2010
Can Ukraine Follow Georgia's Lead In Reforms?
When Mikheil Saakashvili came to power in 2003, Georgia was widely seen as one of the most corrupt countries in the former Soviet Union. Saakashvili battled corruption, streamlined bureaucracy, and pushed through successful economic reforms. What can other post-Soviet countries learn from Georgia?
November 22, 2010
Ukrainian Democracy Will Be Built By Deeds, Not Pronouncements
Ukraine held two elections in 2010: the February presidential election under Viktor Yushchenko and the October local elections under Viktor Yanukovych. The first was deemed free by international observers, while the second was not.
November 19, 2010
Georgia Walks A Line Between Washington And Tehran
It's unlikely that the warming of Georgia's relations with Iran will lead to a cooling of relations with the United States or Europe. The real danger is that politicians who are already bothered by Georgia's policies and problems or who understand them poorly will be handed another bone to chew.
November 17, 2010
Breaking Internet Censorship Will Take More Than Circumvention Tools
Many press reports have portrayed circumvention tools as a clear path toward Internet (and possibly even broader political) freedom. But The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University's recent findings challenege this theory, with numbers that indicate that only about 3 percent of people in filtering countries use circumvention tools.
November 16, 2010
Joining Russia's Customs Union Would Be A Disaster For Kyrgyzstan
Russia has been fighting for WTO membership for 17 years, longer than anyone else in the world, and 2010 has been a disappointing year for Moscow. Frustrated by the lack of progress, the Kremlin this year created a customs union that would emphasize its regional dominance. But whether participation in the customs union will benefit the other members is far less certain.
November 13, 2010
The Moscow Paradigm Of Journalism
The recent spate of brutal beatings of journalists in Russia has confirmed the country’s seemingly inexorable slide in media-freedom rankings. But Russia is just the epicenter of a vast post-Soviet afterglow, where journalist ideals -- not to mention immunity -- have been almost washed away.
November 05, 2010
Expanded Multilateralism Could Be An Answer For Afghanistan
National security in today's world is increasingly interdependent with international security, meaning that unilateralism or even limited alliances like NATO might not always be effective in the face of a plethora of transnational threats.