Category Archives: Ukraine

Jul 31 2014

Russia sanctions: Balkan countries react

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Montenegro and Serbia’s strong economic ties with Russia are today sitting at odds with their respective bids to join Western institutions – as the war in Ukraine has left these countries with no other option than to take sides. How are … Continue reading

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Jul 21 2014

Lessons from Bosnia: what is the real impact of peacekeeping?

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The conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine have been accompanied by calls for intervention from foreign countries. One possibility for this form of intervention would be a peacekeeping mission of the kind conducted by the UN in Bosnia during the … Continue reading

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Jun 19 2014

Power politics on the outskirts of the EU: why Transnistria matters

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In September this year, Transnistria, the separatist region located in the Eastern part of Moldova, is set to celebrate the 24th anniversary of its de-facto independence. And yet there is little scope for celebrations – as only the contested states … Continue reading

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Jun 8 2014

Referendums: A Legitimate Democratic Tool or a Mechanism for Nationalist Co-optation?

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Scholars and practitioners need to delve deeper into how referendums affect liberal democracy. They can be co-opted by various groups to advance nationalist and exclusivist political agendas, warns Maria Koinova.

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Apr 16 2014

Dreams of Secession – the case of Sardinia

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Theodora Vasilopoulou, a journalist at the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, asked LSEE’s Dr James Ker-Lindsay if the Canton Marittimo initiative has any chance of success – could Sardinia become the 27th canton of Switzerland? As debates on the parallels between Kosovo and Crimea … Continue reading

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Mar 16 2014

Can Ukraine modernise?

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An old guard corrupt to the bones, an awakened but leaderless civil society, and now the looming prospect of a country divided for years to come. Can Ukrainian society modernise, and how? LSEE Research Officer Vesna Popovski gives her first-hand experience, … Continue reading

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