China in Xi’s “New Era”: Forging a New "Eastern Bloc”

April 2018

Through its “16+1” initiative, China is building relationships with postcommunist Europe that could threaten to undermine the European Union.

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Macedonia: A New Beginning?

April 2018

This small Balkan country has been plagued with crises of identity both internal and external. But recent developments, including a democratic change of government via the ballot box, have created an opportunity to find a better path. 

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The Three Regions of the Old Soviet Bloc

January 2017

Today, there are three parts of the old Soviet bloc—one is democratic, another is wholly authoritarian, and a third “intermediate” group is caught between two worlds. This last should be the main focus of Western assistance.

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The Specter Haunting Europe: Populism and Protest in Poland

October 2016

Once the poster child for successful postcommunist transitions to democracy, Poland is now governed by populist nationalists. What happened?

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The Specter Haunting Europe: Surging Illiberalism in the East

October 2016

The crisis of liberal democracy is Europe-wide, but it has assumed an especially intense form in Central and Eastern Europe.

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