Central & Eastern Europe

The Political Subcurrents of the Ukrainian Crisis

“He soon realized part of the reason for his unease – the gunfire had suddenly stopped. It had been booming away almost without cease for the past two weeks, and now there was silence in the surrounding sky. Yet in town, in fact right ahead of him down on the Kreshchatyk, he could plainly hear bursts of rifle-fire. He turned up his coat collar and set off.” –Mikhail Bulgakov describing the civil war-torn city of Kyiv on New Year’s Eve 1918–1919 in his book The White Guard.1

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Back to the Frontier

Preventing a new fault line from emerging on Europe’s northeastern ensures that the process of democratic transition may again be strengthened in its journey eastward, not only in Eastern Europe but possibly, one day, in Russia itself.

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