Eastern Europe / Opinion

MACRO ADVISER: August in Russia: what could possibly go wrong?

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory July 27, 2020

August is the month when more memorable events occur in Russia than in any other month of the year; whether accidents, natural catastrophes or political events.

White House “paying little attention” to Armenia Azerbaijan fighting says Carnegie analyst

bne IntelIiNews July 23, 2020

Assessment concludes Washington does not see Caucasus as priority. Meanwhile, Iran, Russia and Turkey are filling “vacuum”.

COMMENT: The “Soft Coup” and the Euromaidan Reformers — what went wrong?

Robert Homans in Washington DC July 16, 2020

Given their strong commitment to Ukraine’s identity, the rule of law and the support of free enterprise, why were the Euromaidan Reformers essentially absent during the “Soft Coup” that began in March?

STOLYPIN: Russia’s opportunistic MENA policy: scavenging, not strategising

Mark Galeotti July 10, 2020

One crucial difference between today’s Russia and both the USSR and the US is that it will not – cannot – pay the price of empire, whether in blood or treasure.

COMMENT: Smolii’s Resignation and the soft coup underway in Ukraine

Robert Homans in Los Angeles July 7, 2020

The resignation of Yakiv Smolii as governor of the NBU could be taken as the end of serious reforms in Ukraine and a "soft coup" that puts the old guard back in charge of the country

COMMENT: Five reasons why Zelenskiy is failing in Ukraine: Zelenskiy faces a political future that is no laughing matter

Melinda Haring deputy director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council July 6, 2020

Volodymyr Zelenskiy's presidency seems to have gone off the tracks but no one is quite sure what is going on. Is he a puppet or just out of his depth? Melinda Haring of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council offers five theories.