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.)
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.
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.
The Eastern Partnership failed because it was not an Eastern Partnership, it was an Eastern Condescension.
2014 will be the year that Europe’s mettle is truly tested.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.