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Mehmet Kurt is this week’s guest editor, introducing the theme, ‘New Turkey and Old Troubles’.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Whatever happened to peace? Arms, oil and war by proxy

We're living in a new era of proxy warfare, where multiple powers fund local proxies with disastrous consequences. We need to break the cycle.

Факультет перемещенных наук

Почти три года войны на востоке Украины негативно сказались на образовательном потенциале региона. В условиях адаптации учебного процесса под политическую конъюнктуру обе стороны конфликта борются за будущих студентов. English

Мечты о Европе: беженцы и ксенофобия в России и Украине

Европейский миграционный кризис отразился на России и Украине по-разному – но в обоих случаях он укрепляет местные предрассудки, иерархии и взгляды на европейскую идентичность. English

Ukraine and the cancer of corruption: a conversation with Svitlana Zalishchuk

The rising star of Ukrainian politics tells openDemocracy that deep-rooted corruption is the greatest threat to the nation’s democracy 

Что ждет украинских сирот в будущем?

Киев хочет получить два миллиарда долларов на реформу системы детских домов. English

What is causing the conflict in Ukraine?

Understanding the economic roots of rebellion in eastern Ukraine suggests that the resolution to the crisis must address restoring economic and political justice.

From hybrid peace to human security

An effective second generation human security policy that would actually improve everyday security, both in conflict zones and in Europe, may well be critical for the very survival of the EU.

The Chernobyl accident in Ukraine, 30 years after

The Chernobyl disaster of April, 26, 1986, in Ukraine, is considered the worst nuclear accident in history together with the one in Fukushima, Japan, in 2011. Español

Dutch popular rejection of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: a self-inflicted wound

For everybody who knows a bit about the EU, the nationwide, expensive and low-turnout Dutch plebiscite on this EU-Ukraine contract looks in itself rather odd.

Ending impunity in Europe?

The International Criminal Court needs support in order to succeed with its investigation of Georgia and Russia.

The global pulse of young feminists organising

Young feminists are organising across movements in an intersectional way, locally, nationally and regionally, and they are using artivism and technology as core tools in their work. 

Silence – the EU’s strategy for human rights abuses in its neighbourhood

Talk in Brussels among non-governmental organisations and parliamentarians is that the EU lacks a strategy to address human rights violations in the European neighbourhood. However, what if the EU has a strategy?

Book Review: Brian Glyn Williams ‘The Crimean Tatars: From Soviet Genocide to Putin’s Conquest’

The Crimean Tatar population following Russian annexation is under renewed pressure. As a new history of the community shows, their troubles have many historical precedents—rooted in Russia's first annexation of the peninsula.

Ukraine: Europe's forgotten refugees

While the world focuses on refugees arriving in Europe from warzones in the Middle East, the plight of those fleeing war in Ukraine has been forgotten.

Russia, Ukraine and the European Union: a way forward?

In order to secure long-term peace and prosperity in Europe and potentially beyond, a mutually beneficial arrangement between the European Union and Russia is needed.

The fatalistic predicament of Ukraine

If Ukraine is so important for the EU, then why does the EU do so little to assist it?

Georgia’s healthcare privatisation stands as a warning to Ukrainian reformers

Ukraine's government is eager to overhaul the country's ageing healthcare system. Following Georgia's example may be tempting, but is not without risk.


Is there reason to hope for Minsk II?

The last Minsk agreement on eastern Ukraine failed to bring peace. The latest looks similar—but the context has changed.

Ukraine ceasefire announced at Minsk summit—what next?

The ceasefire agreement in Minsk over Ukraine was better than no outcome at all. But only a little better.

The Collectivist, debt colonialism and the real Alexis Tsipras

As the new government’s statement on Mariupol reveals, Greece will leverage its position along a geopolitical fault-line to maximise its bargaining power. 

In Ukraine, NATO has ceased to be an instrument of US foreign policy

In the renewed cold war over Ukraine, while Russia’s economy has been weakened by European sanctions, the US is no longer the hegemon it once was—and NATO is under strain.

Ukraine steels for more unrest as Donetsk bus attack kills 12

The latest violence in eastern Ukraine would lead most observers to think an end to the military and political attrition is not in sight. They would be right.

Securing peace instead of rewarding expansion

An appeal, by over 100 German-speaking experts on Eastern Europe, for a reality-based and not illusions-guided Russia policy.

Eastern Ukraine: the humanity behind the headlines

The government in Kyiv, aid organisations and the international community must work together to address the humanitarian crisis created by the fighting in the east.

Russians resisting war and repression

There are segments of the Russian population that, even in a politically inclement environment, bravely voice their open opposition to Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine.

Hijacking Europe and denying Eurasia

It makes moral and political sense to integrate Ukraine into the west as soon as possible. But for clueless western leaders, the only way to do so is to reaffirm the non-European character of Russia.

Physical space and ‘Occupy’ tactics: a new trend in civil resistance?

Does the term ‘occupation’ delegitimize movements by casting participants as short-term guests, instead of representatives communicating grievances held by a wider society within a public forum that is theirs?

Post-election, Ukrainians and Russians face an uncertain future

RIA Pavel Palamarchuk. Vote ru.jpgUkraine’s snap parliamentary elections have once again proved that the mainstream of society rejects the far right – not that the Russian government or media will care.

 

News credibility in an age of stakeholder media

Are reporters mere adjuncts of power and spies? That is how ISIS treated the martyred journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. To this day, the failure of the American news industry to expose the Bush administration’s WMD myths before the invasion of Iraq is thrown in our faces.

Donetsk separatists in dispute – Khodakovsky vs Strelkov

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The Ukrainian army has Donetsk surrounded. The separatist forces have men and guns, but their commanders are at loggerheads.  

 

Украина не справляется с потоком беженцев

Украина столкнулась с напылвом внутренне перемещенных лиц. Готовы ли органы власти им помочь? in English

 

Ukraine is struggling to cope with a flood of internal refugees

Ukraine is faced with a flood of IDPs (internally displaced persons). But what are the authorities doing? на русском языке

 

The Ukrainian army is unprepared for war

The Ukrainian army is corrupt and badly prepared for war, with either the Donetsk People's Republic or Russia. на русском языке

 

Commander Strelkov’s Bosnian Connection

Just who is Commander Strelkov, the figurehead of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic?

Cossack against cossack

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The conflict in south-east Ukraine has divided the Cossacks – one is fighting for Russian unity, and the other for the Ukrainian national myth.

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