Belarus: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?

Sep 29, 2020

Belarus is politically deadlocked. The peaceful movement protesting against veteran ruler Alexander Lukashenko and the manipulation of the presidential election on August 9 is too strong for the state to simply suppress it by force. As long as the political leadership continues to respond with...

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform
Sep 11, 2020

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?
Sep 07, 2020

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

Russia’s Denials of Navalny’s Poisoning Fall on Deaf Ears
Aug 28, 2020

Russia’s Denials of Navalny’s Poisoning Fall on Deaf Ears

How Russia Views the Election Aftermath in Belarus

How Russia Views the Election Aftermath in Belarus

Aug 18, 2020

In Moscow, all eyes are on Belarus. Russia and Belarus are intimately connected, so political actors in Russia feel an immediate connection with developments there. In formal terms, the two countries form a “union state” and an economic and defense community. Belarus is Moscow’s closest...

Belarus Is Not a Unique Case

Belarus Is Not a Unique Case

Aug 14, 2020

The rigged election of President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has provoked massive protests among the citizenry. The uprising appears to have radically destabilized the authority of Lukashenko’s government. The New York Times offers this assessment: “Mr. Lukashenko’s security apparatus...

Big Blow for a Stable Dictatorship: Major Protests Hit Belarus

Big Blow for a Stable Dictatorship: Major Protests Hit Belarus

Aug 13, 2020

It’s not that Belarus hasn’t had any protests recently. It’s just they have never been this big and this bloody. The capital, Minsk, has seen the use of military machinery, grenade explosions and special forces attacking both protesters and innocent bystanders. Smaller cities are...

Belarus Election Unleashes Unprecedented Anti-Government Protests

Belarus Election Unleashes Unprecedented Anti-Government Protests

Aug 11, 2020

The victory of Alexander Lukashenko in Sunday's presidential election in Belarus was expected. It would take a certain level of naiveté to believe that any opposition candidate could unseat the strongman who has ruled over the post-Soviet state for over a quarter of a century. The institutional...

Has Putin Won the Vote on Constitutional Amendments?

Has Putin Won the Vote on Constitutional Amendments?

Jul 08, 2020

On July 3, the Russian central election commission announced the results of the nationwide vote on constitutional reforms, the biggest shake-up of the constitution since it was adopted in 1993. According to official data, 77.92% of voters, or 57.7 million people, cast their ballots in favor of the...

The Photogenic Face of Europe’s White Nationalism

The Photogenic Face of Europe’s White Nationalism

May 27, 2020

For much of the past decade, radical right-wing populism in the Netherlands has largely been associated with Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom (PVV). Following in the footsteps of the late Pim Fortuyn, Wilders established himself as one of Western Europe’s most outspoken promoters of...

Will the Coronavirus Crisis Bring Down Hungary’s Failing Democracy?

Will the Coronavirus Crisis Bring Down Hungary’s Failing Democracy?

Apr 14, 2020

History is not short of examples of autocrats who used a crisis to strengthen their grip on power. Our current crisis, triggered by the global spread of the new coronavirus, appears to be no different. Justified by the need for extraordinary measures to address the pandemic, on March 30 the...

The Downward Spiral of Angela Merkel’s CDU

The Downward Spiral of Angela Merkel’s CDU

Feb 26, 2020

On February 23, Hamburg’s voters were called upon to elect a new parliament. Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city and its most important port. But, for historical reasons, it is also one of Germany’s 16 Länder, and one of three city-states (the other two are Berlin and Bremen), that...

Emmanuel Macron’s War on Welfare

Emmanuel Macron's War on Welfare

Feb 13, 2020

France is in chaos. For the last five years, the land of wine, cheese and chateaux has dominated headlines for all the wrong reasons: a series of terror attacks, the yearlong mobilization by the gilets jaunes, and now the longest transport strike in over two decades that crippled Île-de-France...

With the Collapse of a Right-Wing Coalition, Has Norway Turned Its Populist Tide?

With the Collapse of a Right-Wing Coalition, Has Norway Turned Its Populist Tide?

Feb 05, 2020

The radical-right Progress Party (FRP) withdrew from Norway's coalition government on January 20. This is a big defeat for FRP leader Siv Jensen, whose big ambition was to prove his party was koalitionsfähig, or "coalition capable." After six years in government, the conflict between the populist...

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