Free Markets, Free People

A New Beginning

While all eyes are on Ukraine as we write this, there are other glimmers of hope in the former Soviet Union: Azerbaijan, Moldova, even Georgia, all have a chance to break loose to the West. (Ukraine’s fate is uncertain for now.)

The Slow Plod to War

A recent Armenian offensive along the border — after a steady uptick in violence over the last few years — is a sign that peace is no longer in danger of breaking out.

Jews and the Former Communist Bloc

This is not to say that anti-Semitism is uniquely confined to these states; rather, in the absence of a healthy polity, anti-Semitism takes root, sickening civil society and government, which in turn breeds more anti-Semitism.

Europe Needs a New Eastern Partnership Strategy

The Eastern Partnership failed because it was not an Eastern Partnership, it was an Eastern Condescension.

2013′s Year of Upheaval

2014 will be the year that Europe’s mettle is truly tested.

Armenia’s Fixation on the Past Blinds It to the Future

An end to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would end reliance on Russian military power; an end to blaming the grandchildren of the Ottomans for the sins of a long-fallen empire would allow new trading vistas and hope to open again.

Iran as the Unseen Hand in Former Soviet Republic Power Plays

Tehran has ruthlessly exploited its near environs almost perfectly, challenging halting Western inroads in the area through soft power and trade while also never angering Moscow, a jealous if still-wounded imperial giant.

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.

Frozen Conflicts Still in Danger of Thaw: Nagorno-Karabakh Leaks Back into the Spotlight

This is the truth of frozen conflicts: they are interwoven with everything they touch, and so when they thaw, they are all the harder to end.

Cybersecurity and the Former Soviet Union

As long as these former Soviet republics maintain a Soviet-era view of private property, their future in the modern world will be more than a few nodes away.