Amidst the Pandemic, Central and Eastern Europe Witnesses an Erosion of Democracy

Dec 10, 2020

Nearly a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, its effects on people’s lives, countries’ economies and health care around the world are becoming clearer. In some Central and Eastern European countries, however, this pandemic has had repercussions in another crucial area: democracy....

Did Emmanuel Macron Have It Coming?
Dec 07, 2020

Did Emmanuel Macron Have It Coming?

The Rapid Growth of Emmanuel Macron’s Authoritarianism
Nov 25, 2020

The Rapid Growth of Emmanuel Macron’s Authoritarianism

Macron’s Problem With the News in English
Nov 17, 2020

Macron's Problem With the News in English

What Is Behind the Rise of Islamophobia in France?

What Is Behind the Rise of Islamophobia in France?

Nov 05, 2020

On October 29, the French Ministry of Interior sent out a message on social media warning of “Violent radicalization, Islamism ... If you have any doubts about someone you know, contact the toll-free number.” The situation in France has exploded into what is now increasingly reminiscent...

Emmanuel Macron Defends His Crusade

Emmanuel Macron Defends His Crusade

Nov 02, 2020

Throughout the month of October, French President Emmanuel Macron projected himself into the global news cycle as the leader of a new crusade launched ostensibly to bring Islam into conformity with French Enlightenment ideals. In reality, his campaign is aimed at bolstering his chances of winning...

Belarus: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?

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

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform

Sep 11, 2020

On September 2, German authorities stated that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok group. Since August 22, Navalny has been treated at the Charité university hospital in Berlin, where he was transported from Russia in an induced...

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

Sep 07, 2020

It might come as a surprise that the Gulf states have more than a passing interest in events in Belarus. Beyond growing economic ties, the political drama provides valuable lessons for the region’s monarchies and their efforts to maintain standards of living for their citizens without...

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

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

Aug 28, 2020

The Russian government has said it will not investigate the poisoning of the opposition politician and anti-corruption investigator Alexei Navalny until there is evidence of a crime. Navalny, who is 44, collapsed during a flight to Moscow after drinking a cup of tea at Tomsk airport on August 20....

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...

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