COMMENT: Amid mild recovery, Caucasus/Central Asia need decisive policies and urgent reforms

Juha Kähkönen of the International Monetary Fund October 21, 2016

Deep structural change will allow the region to enjoy more sustained and inclusive growth, which will boost living standards and lower poverty for present and future generations.

COMMENT: In Ukraine, property rights for me but not for thee

Christopher A. Hartwell of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) October 19, 2016

In October the Ukrainian government missed another chance to substantially advance free market reforms in the country, renewing a moratorium on sales of agricultural land until January 2018.

COMMENT: New Cold War or hollow clatter of new Russian sabres?

Nick Allen in Warsaw October 14, 2016

Russia's recent sabre rattling has invoked the spectre of military confrontation between the former Cold War adversaries.

STOLYPIN: Late Putinism – between limbo and the lightning bolt

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague October 12, 2016

This is the way of high politics under Putin: you either drift in limbo or are struck by the implacable and unpredictable lightning bolt from the heavens. Late Putinism isn’t working, but who will brave the lightning bolts to tell him?

ALACO DISPATCHES: Why Putin plans to shake up his security services

Christopher Poulton of Alaco October 11, 2016

The reported creation of an all-powerful intelligence agency may have been prompted by the chaotic state of the sector.

MACRO ADVISOR: Progress in Ukraine but can it continue?

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory October 10, 2016

The question is whether the solid progress achieved in the economy over the past 12 months can continue.

CONFERENCE CALL: Private equity firms eye new opportunities in ex-Yugoslavia

Ivana Jovanovic in Belgrade October 7, 2016

A series of successful large-scale investments in the consumer sector have raised interest in Southeast Europe among private equity. However, potentially attractive privatisations deals within the region have so far proved elusive.

OBITUARY: Michal Kovac, Slovakia's first president and guardian of democracy

Robert Anderson in Prague October 6, 2016

A onetime ally of Vladimir Meciar, he became the Central European country's democratic guardian when it was in danger.

STOLYPIN: Russia’s imaginary enemy

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague October 6, 2016

What may seem like petulant antics actually reflects a difficult and dangerous underlying problem: Putin genuinely believes the West is out to get him.

ART REVIEW: Romanian artists sketch Nigel Farage’s worst nightmare

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 6, 2016

The use of symbols of Britishness in the two works “play with stereotypes in the way Romanians are stereotyped”.

BOOK REVIEW: New book goes behind the scenes of Russian espionage in Austria

Graham Stack in Berlin October 4, 2016

One of the arguments of Florian Horcicka’s excellent new book on contemporary spying in Austria is that Vienna is rapidly becoming a kind of espionage theme park.

COMMENT: Russia’s first 4 years in WTO has been a litany of disputes. What next?

Iana Dreyer of Borderlex September 30, 2016

Few new WTO member states as Russia have faced so much litigation in the world trade body so soon after they joined.

THEATRE REVIEW: “‘Success Story” – the bittersweet smell of success in Latvia

Mike Collier in Riga September 29, 2016

The satirising of the financial imperium gets progressively more over-the-top and entertaining, but “Success Story”, playing at the Latvian National Theatre, is not without its problems.

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