Moscow never wanted an annexation—it just wanted a bargaining chip. Understanding that is the key to settling the conflict once and for all.
So long as Serbia does not formally recognize Kosovo’s independence, it must rely on Russia’s veto power in the UN Security Council. That dependency gives Russia a nontrivial degree of influence, both in the region and within Serbia itself.
The EU’s ambition is to become a more strategically autonomous security player. But this will require more attention to designing EU defense initiatives so they strengthen both European and transatlantic security.
Putin holds all the cards to maintain political leverage through a persistent low-intensity war in the Donbas.
The European Commission’s new president should act decisively to make deliberations in Brussels more accountable to voters and national parliaments.
The political dynamics of the wider European space have changed dramatically in recent years. The directions of democratic influence now run multiple ways, and the core assumptions underpinning EU democracy support policies need to be rethought.
Mass protests garner significant attention, but what happens next is just as vital for achieving real and lasting change.
Amid a swirl of U.S. domestic political turbulence centered on Ukraine, precious little attention is being paid to the Ukrainian domestic reform agenda.
Ahead of renewed peace talks, a new survey shows that a majority of residents in separatist-held areas of eastern Ukraine wants to remain part of the Ukrainian state.
Any future effort to revise the regional order in post-Soviet Europe and Eurasia must address the region’s protracted conflicts. It will be impossible to address the other disputes over the security architecture and economic integration without parallel steps on the conflicts.