Belarus Arrests Realign Attention to the Shadow World of Russia’s Private Military Companies

Image Source: Belta News  By Anastasia Couch When the Belarus protests were still burgeoning, Minsk officials arrested 33 men for suspected involvement with Russia’s private security group, Wagner. A Minsk-based source reports that the arrested men held alleged connections with two known citizens of Belarus who each face criminal counts of instigation and suspicion of … Continue reading Belarus Arrests Realign Attention to the Shadow World of Russia’s Private Military Companies

In the COVID era, the EU is its own stumbling block

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, with a virtually present Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany (Getty Images) By Zack Blumberg As its leaders try to push ahead with grand ambitions, the EU is waylaid by itself. When Germany officially assumed the European Union (EU) Council presidency on June 1 of this year, its … Continue reading In the COVID era, the EU is its own stumbling block

In Belarus, Europe’s last dictator faces a reckoning

An anti-Lukashenko rally at the Belarusian embassy in Moscow, August 11, 2020. Picture by David Saveliev By Zack Blumberg, contributor Over the course of the past week, protests have engulfed the small nation of Belarus. Frustrated citizens coalesced around the campaign of upstart presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and have come out in force to voice … Continue reading In Belarus, Europe’s last dictator faces a reckoning

Nationalism Strikes Back in Eastern Europe

By Guzi He In 1989, momentous events prompted Eastern Europe to break free from the chains of soviet communism. Negotiations with civil society in Poland did away with one-party rule in April. Hungary followed suit five months later, commencing its own “Round Table Talks”. Then the Berlin Wall fell on November 9th. Germans on both … Continue reading Nationalism Strikes Back in Eastern Europe

Can a Comedian Revitalize a Struggling Country?

Petro Poroshenko, left, and Volodymyr Zelensky, right, during a presidential debate on April 19, 2019. Photograph: The Presidential Administration of Ukraine   Written by Luke Grabowski Edited by David Saveliev Laughter, at its core, depends on an element of surprise; stable foreign policy – on diffusing it. Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president-elect, famous comedian, and newcomer … Continue reading Can a Comedian Revitalize a Struggling Country?

The Populist Pushback on Climate Change

Cover image by Natalie Wu Written by Jan Gerber On December 3, 2018, as the warmest year on record was coming to a close, the Polish President Andrzej Duda delivered his opening remarks at the COP24 Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland. With the double-edged motto of the conference, “Changing Together,” over his head, Mr. Duda … Continue reading The Populist Pushback on Climate Change

Meet Merkel’s Successor

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Image by Sandro Halank   By Lukasz Grabowski As the European Parliament election nears, continental leaders prime themselves for crucial coalition-building that will set the stage for the next five years of governance. Among them are Germany’s Angela Merkel, the veteran chancellor, and her newly minted successor as head of the Christian Democratic … Continue reading Meet Merkel’s Successor

Do You Hear the People Sing?(Exclusive from Paris)

Images and text by David Saveliev The air above Des Champs-Élysées is vibrating. The twilight above the Arc de Triomphe is menacing, looming over the thickening crowd. Protesters begin to light flares, as if to ward off the angry sky. Their ominous, angry chants meld into a deafening clatter. At first, the volume of the crowd reigns … Continue reading Do You Hear the People Sing?(Exclusive from Paris)

Trump, Poland, and the Chaos of Foreign Policy Nationalism

Image: White House By Lukasz Grabowski On September 18th, Polish President Andrzej Duda visited the White House, where he joined Donald Trump to sign a strategic partnership pact between the US and Poland “to boost defense, energy, trade and security ties.” On paper, the meeting affirmed an important partnership amidst a breakdown of diplomatic relations … Continue reading Trump, Poland, and the Chaos of Foreign Policy Nationalism

Poland’s Security Dilemma in the Age of Trump

Image: Natalie Wu By Jan Geber Poland is once again stranded between two competing forces, the European Union to the West and an invigorated Russia to the East, defying either’s encroachment on its hard-won independence. As dark clouds gather over Warsaw, an unexpected ally, the President of the United States, is reaching out with promises … Continue reading Poland’s Security Dilemma in the Age of Trump