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Azerbaijan and Other Gazprom Alternatives Must Come Online

Gazprom fuels Russian military and political power; broken of that, Russia will be merely Venezuela with less political stability.

How Many Divisions Has The West?

It is now reasonably safe to say that Vladimir Putin believes he is the Emperor of Eastern Europe. It is also safe to say he’s right.

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.

Azerbaijan’s Democratic Norms and the Future of European Energy

Azerbaijan has made enormous strides over the last decade, but it is now a dual symbol: of what a former Soviet state can work to be, and how it can contribute to a European future

Russia’s Last Imperial Bid Crumbling?

Each day is a new day. If Europe fails to seize its chances at the end of this month, or if the hurdles before the Eastern Partnership nations are too great, Putin may yet have another chance — the only chance he needs.