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December 09, 2016
In the minds of many Westerners, Southeast Europe is often associated with images of poverty and corruption. And although these two images are clichés that do not necessarily reflect reality, as a famous former US presidential candidate said early in this year, "Bucharest has faster Internet access... Read More
December 07, 2016
The news from Austria on Sunday was actually about what didn’t happen:  Norbert Hofer, the candidate of the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria did not win the re-run of the country’s elections for president.  In fact, he didn’t really even come close. If it seems like you’ve already... Read More
December 06, 2016
At the turn of the 20th century Vienna was one of Europe's major intellectual, cultural and political centers. Its diversity and forward-looking character attracted the best minds of contemporary science, art and political life. While being the capital of the Austrian Empire, it became a home to... Read More
December 06, 2016
The times do not seem to be ripe for European leaders to organize referendums. After the spectacular backfire caused by the Brexit referendum (which cost Prime Minister David Cameron his career), and a half-victory for Viktor Orbán on a referendum of migrants quota that he was expected to fully... Read More
November 21, 2016
Last week The Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) in partnership with Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO) hosted the “Women, Peace & Security Conference” in Belfast, Northern Ireland. WDN, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year,... Read More
September 28, 2016
In our world, change is a constant and yet it is one of the most difficult thing to which people can adapt.  This holds true in the democracy and governance sphere. For countries of all varieties, supporters of democratic progress must be able to navigate change, amid competing factions,... Read More
September 19, 2016
The last two years have marked a political, institutional and governance crisis in Macedonia, which the country is now hoping to resolve with extraordinary parliamentary elections this December. The approaching elections, agreed consensually among Macedonia’s major political forces and guaranteed... Read More
September 01, 2016
The last few weeks of August have been marked by various days of celebration, as former states of the Soviet Union held 25th anniversaries of independence, among them Estonia on August 20, Ukraine on August 24, Moldova on August 27 and yesterday, August 31, in Kyrgyzstan.  In these countries... Read More
August 19, 2016
During my preliminary research in preparing for a week of learning about e-governance in Estonia, I came across a quote from technology entrepreneur, Marc Adreessen, that read, “Skype has a great engineering team, which I like to describe as ‘all of Estonia.’” After being week embedded in Tallinn... Read More
August 10, 2016
The Transatlantic Youth Summit served as a powerful reminder for future leaders on why the Transatlantic relationship has always been an important source of peace and prosperity, and may be needed now more than ever. Over 30 young, aspiring leaders from the United States and across Europe... Read More

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