Stay Classy, Russia

Russia’s United Nations delegation walked out of a speech by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, citing the speech’s “aggression.” Read that again, to savor it.

Using Music to Forge a Common Future in Romania

The story of the last few years in the former Communist bloc has been at times grim; we should savor these moments of childhood innocence and promise.

Azerbaijan, the Council of Europe, and Nagorno-Karabakh: A Reckoning

The failure of the world to follow through on its resolutions is endangering the authority of the bodies charged with keeping the peace.

Lithuania Struggles with Emigration — A Harbinger of Eastern Europe’s Future

This is a story told in anecdotes and figures of Lithuania’s own struggles with holding onto its population. It is worth the time.

Russia’s Power Play Against Ukraine “Will Only Strengthen Ukraine’s European Identity.”

As Brussels and Kyiv rapidly approach the date on which they are to sign the Association Agreement to which they have worked so long, all present noted the remarkable speed with which Ukraine is meeting its target benchmarks.

A Reminder on Khojaly and the Nagorno-Karabakh

The U.S. House of Representatives continues to fund the Armenian occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh. It might be helpful to show what they are subsidizing.

Belarusian Dream

This is a moving piece, longer than we normally display here. It tells a story of Belarus from within Belarus, a story of fractured dreams and hope. We commend it to you.

Closer European Integration for Ukraine: A Summit on the Benefits and Challenges

European dignitaries and members of the Ukrainian Parliament from both sides of the aisle met to discuss the benefits and challenges of closer European integration. All agreed that the challenges, while real, are far outweighed by the benefits.

Kazakhstan’s Underappreciated Beauty

Kazakhstan’s shortcomings as a democracy have not stopped a basic desire by Kazakhs that the world should appreciate what they’ve done since the Soviet Union died.

Georgia’s Wine, a Soviet Survivor

Georgian wines survived by luring the Soviets into loving them, and that in turn allowed ancient traditions to survive an empire determined to eradicate everything precious and old.