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Nate Schenkkan

What started off as a relatively simple customs union in early 2014 has been transformed by treaty into a single economic space. But expansion has come at the cost of the union’s coherence, and as Russia’s economy spirals into crisis, the prognosis for 2015 is dire.

Nate Schenkkan

Sanctions might not stop Russia's destabilization of Ukraine, but Western policymakers should embrace them for another reason: because they can put a nail in the coffin of the project that started the Ukraine crisis to begin with -- Eurasian integration.

Andrew Wilson

Belarus signed up early to join the Eurasian Union, but has started hedging its bets since Russia's annexation of Crimea -- and understandably so. According to Putin’s reasoning for seizing Crimea, Belarus could be the next target.

Comment, Mar/Apr 1999
Charles Clover

An old political theory, "Eurasianism" is fast gaining converts in Russia's corridors of power. Its vision of a new Russian-Asian alliance could start World War III.

Comment, Jul/Aug 1997
Swanee Hunt

Post-communism has been bad for women in Eastern Europe: their representation, employment, and safety have suffered. America must support women leaders and entrepreneurs for the transition to democracy and capitalism to be complete.

Comment, May/Jun 1995
Michael Mandelbaum

Expanding NATO east is unwise. It will not promote democracy or capitalism, and it is premature to assume Russian belligerence.

Essay, Special 1992
John Mroz

In 1992 economic conditions declined dramatically in Russia, leading to a rise of conservative political forces and increased expressions of anti-Americanism. In the new year, Russia faces major challenges: preventing hyperinflation, continuing privatization and obtaining a better price for oil exports. It must also deal with mounting social problems – runaway crime, faltering health services and large-scale unemployment. Dangerous ethnic and religious conflicts continue. Meanwhile, in eastern Europe, there are positive economic and political trends among all the problems in Poland, Hungary and the Czech republic. The region remains a priority for renewed and effective U.S. attention.

Essay, Special 1991
Lawrence D. Freedman

Any 'new world order' will be confused and untidy, and the US role in it may not be as central as Americans and their allies have accustomed themselves to expect. There is a tension between the desire to dampen disorder and the reluctance to accept the risks of intervention. Instead of regarding the end of of the Cold War as the start of a new era, it might be more fruitful to see it as the continuation of the post-WW2 process of decolonization, with the USSR having been the last of the old imperial orders to collapse. Those countries formerly oriented in its direction are now adrift, and the West must prove itself "strong enough to provide the necessary sense of direction and political purpose" to encourage a re-orientation towards the West.

Essay, Winter 1990
Charles Gati

Although the intoxication of the revolutions of 1989 has been followed by painful realizations of the pervasive legacy of the communist period (attitudes, bureaucracy), the West should remain optimistic that long-term objectives for economic revitalization can be achieved.

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