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Around the Bloc – 2 December
In the news: Russia and China growing closer; Bishkek investigates scandal; Poles rally for judges; Black Sea politics; and recovered Soviet-era photos.

Splitting Personality?
With Russia targeting NATO’s cohesiveness, the alliance needs some serious care and communication therapy to avoid falling apart.
2 December 2019

‘Ideological Competition Is Actually Good for Us’
The German Marshall Fund of the United States talks to historian Timothy Garton Ash.
29 November 2019

Around the Bloc – 29 November
Headlines from around the region: Moldova’s budget plans; Armenian and Azeri journalists start dialogue; artistic freedom in Russia; Apple and Crimea; and the Istanbul Convention in Slovakia.

Around the Bloc – 28 November
Regional highlights: toys protest in Bosnia; a dearth of Russian language
learners; Hungary pulls out of Eurovision; opera returns to Turkmenistan;
and a Soviet spying legend.

Balkan Eye: Doctors, Death, and Debates
While a tragic case reveals doctors’ errors in communication with patients
and with society, they are not the only ones to blame.
By BOYKO VASSILEV, 27 November 2019

Around the Bloc – 27 November
TOL’s regional news roundup: spying in the Czech Republic; the perils
of mining in Mongolia; Indian immigrants in Armenia; NATO’s base in
Romania; and Oleg Sentsov picks up prestigious award.

Arts & Culture: Forgotten Fighter
The first female Nobel Peace Prize winner, an early activist for peace
and women’s rights, remains largely unknown in her birthplace of Prague.
by Lachlan Hyatt
26 November 2019

Around the Bloc – 26 November
Today’s regional roundup: deadly earthquake in Albania; protests in
Georgia; how $1 billion fled Kyrgyzstan; postpartum depression
awareness in Russia; and rats sabotage e-Estonia.


Armenia’s Crisis and the Legacy of Victory
More than 20 years after it ended, Armenia is still experiencing the burden of victory in the war over Nagorno Karabakh. From openDemocracy.
12 August 2016

Controversial Nureyev Ballet Opens at Moscow’s Bolshoi
The premiere opened to rapturous applause while director remains under house arrest, facing embezzlement trial.
11 December 2017

Nationalism Beyond the Parades
A traveling exhibition explores the personal dimension of a phenomenon
usually associated with the public square.
by Peter Rutland
4 August 2014

Beyond Ethnic
As Yugoslavia collapsed, conservative elites exploited the language
of nationalism primarily as a means to stay in power, V. P. Gagnon argues. 
By Florian Bieber   
12 September 2005