Free Markets, Free People

Toward a Unified Theory of Russian Empire

Reports from Ukraine’s security services that known fighting elements from Moldova’s breakaway Transdniester region have been active in Eastern Ukraine are a sign of several, related, ominous developments.

Georgia Since the War – Promise Delayed

Five years on, Moscow continues its program of destabilization; only the administration in Tbilisi appears to be less resistant.

Georgia to Investigate 2008 Russian Conflict

This new investigation is sure to raise more questions about Ivanishvili’s commitment to the democratic progress Georgia made under his predecessor.

Occupation Denies Liberalization

Military occupation of one’s territory is an enormous impediment to liberalization, breeding its own special obstacles and changes in government and civil society that make free markets and free people less likely.

Euro2012 Puts a Mirror Before Former Soviet States, World

By urging boycotts and focusing on alleged racism, the West is undermining civil society at a moment when it is needed most. That is the real lesson of the cultural events of the last two months.

U.S. Announces Georgian Military Aid

Clinton’s visit and the United States’ commitment to Georgia – under diametrically opposed administrations, no less – underscores Saakashvili’s success.

Putin Gets His Man in Georgia

In Mr. Tibilov, Putin – himself a former KGB officer – has a fellow traveler who can be counted on to do the Kremlin’s bidding, further destabilizing Georgia and strengthening Russia’s influence in the internal affairs of its former Soviet republics.

Saakashvili, Georgia at the Crossroads

Saakashvili’s rise to power brought with it much hope for a democratic and free Georgia. Now that the end of his era is in sight, Saakashvili must ensure that the nation remains committed to the principles that he rode to election in the inspirational fall of 2003.