PONARS Eurasia 02-01-2009
(DEUTSCHE WELLE) Latvia: Anti-Government Protests According to the EU's latest economic forecasts, Latvia's economic output is set to shrink by 6.9 percent - the worst drop of any EU state. Many Latvians have little faith that Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis will be able to cope with the crisis, with tens of thousands taking to the streets of Riga in January to protest against the government's response to the deepening recession and widespread corruption.
PONARS Eurasia 01-09-2009
(BUREAU FOR INTERNATIONAL REPORTING) Expanded reporting on US/Georgia relationship, Russia/Georgia war and disputed territory of Abkhazia.
PONARS Eurasia 01-03-2009
(AL JAZEERA) People & Power - Rearming the Caucasus - Explosive rhetoric raises prospects of a new era of conflict in the region. Last year's war between Russia and Georgia raised the prospect of a new era of crisis and confrontation in the Caucasus. While those tensions have eased momentarily, across the region potentially dangerous problems continue to cause concern. For over 20 years Armenia and Azerbaijan have been quarreling over the status of...
PONARS Eurasia 12-06-2008
(I. LANDA/MUSIC VIDEO) Propaganda song about Putin.
PONARS Eurasia 10-08-2008
(AL JAZEERA) Giant ships rot like russet horses on barren land once submerged under the Aral sea. Sailors reminisce and rejoice the seas return.
PONARS Eurasia 10-02-2008
(DEUTSCHE WELLE) In order to join the European Union, Lithuania agreed to close down its nuclear power plant, Ignalina. The Soviet-era technology is the same as that used at Chernobyl. Ignalina's first reactor block was shut down in 2004; the second is set to go offline next year. The problem is that it still provides two-thirds of the country's electricity, and now Lithuania says it wants to keep it running longer. A new, safer reactor could not be...
PONARS Eurasia 08-25-2008
(DEUTSCHE WELLE) The war over the border between Russia and Georgia has revived bad memories in the Baltic States. 18 years ago, Moscow tried to prevent the independence of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia by force of arms. Now the Baltic countries feel threatened once more, fearing that Russia could move against them under the pretext of protecting Russian minorities. The situation is especially tense in Estonia. A year ago, the removal of a Soviet military...
PONARS Eurasia 07-01-2008
(BBC) Azerbaijan and Armenia became independent after the collapse of the Soviet Union, but a mountainous area of Azerbaijan called Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) triggered war. Historically it was mainly Armenian Christian, and when it wanted its own independence, Armenian troops helped the Karabakh army push Azeris out. Azerbaijan is still officially at war over NK, and Simons journey starts in Azerbaijan on the frontline overlooking NK; he sprints across open...
PONARS Eurasia 03-30-2008
(UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY) A film on the Karabakh conflict with Thomas de Waal, Institute of War and Peace Reporting. Part of the Contested Spaces Video Project, University of Sydney.
PONARS Eurasia 02-16-2008
(AL JAZEERA) In this week's The Listening Post, Richard Gizbert puts Azerbaijan under the spotlight. Freedom of the press in the former Soviet republic has not moved on since pre-perestroika days. And with presidential elections on the horizon the government is cracking down further on journalists who refuse to tow the party line.