The Efficiency of Managing Social Life under Multi-Actor Decision-Making

Jan 10, 2014
The efficiency of public administration, or in other words managing social life, greatly depends on the way of elaborating, adopting, and implementing administrative decisions. Among the factors that determine the characteristics of the system of administrative decision-making there are the number and the status of actors that take part in this process, their professional competence, their connections with social groups they represent, and other aspects.

Геополітичний наступ Росії: можливості та реалії

Jan 10, 2014
Історія засвідчує: якщо після радикальних змін в системі міжнародних відносин не створюються надійні інструменти та механізмів підтримання нової конфігурації, раніше чи пізніше спостерігаються спроби деяких учасників системи порушити баланс сил. Одним із інструментів таких дій може розглядатися геополітичний наступ, що полягає у відновленні контролю над втраченими територіями та сферами впливу, і це, зрештою, приводить не лише до відновлення, але й підвищення статусу в міжнародній системі.

Від Майдану до системних змін?

Jan 10, 2014
Проголошення народного об’єднання “Майдан” видається конструктивним кроком після місячного протестного марафону в центрі столиці. Конструктив полягає, принаймні, у тому, що нарешті позначено можливості переходу від символічно важливого, але мало ефективного стояння у новітньому стилі “occupy” до підготовки широкої мобілізації, навіть мережево-віртуальної (“з Майданом у головах” за висловом Ю. Луценка) небайдужих громадян, що прагнуть системних змін.

Crises in Ukraine: 2004 and 2013 in Comparative Context

Jan 10, 2014
Big scale political crises occur in Ukraine approximately once in a decade, with each next crisis more devastating than the previous one. However, if the crises of 1994 and 2004 resulted in a change of power, the crisis of 2013 so far has not been resolved.

Ukraine Rebooting

Jan 10, 2014
Lately we have been hearing more and more cries for “rebooting” Ukraine. Yurii Lutsenko, the former Minister of Internal Affairs, calls for introducing a second and third republic, while Roman Bezsmertny, the author of unaccomplished administrative reform, has undergone a complete reincarnation; "Depa" and "Gepa" insist on moving the capital of the country to Kharkiv, while Andriy Klyuev, a prominent businessman and politician, sympathizes with unfortunate Poland about what it will do with Galicia when it breaks off from Ukraine.

What was it?

Jan 10, 2014
What was it – a global scale game, as to who can pay more and under what terms, or the real wish, although defined mainly by the pragmatic understanding of one’s own interests? This can be a simplified summary of the polemics which started in Ukraine and all over the world after the Association Agreement including establishing the preferential zone of free trade between Ukraine and the European Union was not signed in Vilnius. As time goes by, the former version of the game with the due adjustments predetermined by political situation in Bankova street becomes more and more popular. One can even hear a statement that current Ukrainian power could not sign the Agreement with the EU because of their incompatible mentality.

Putin's Amnesty Is an Opening for the West

Jan 03, 2014
There are plenty of reasons to be cynical about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motivation in announcing an amnesty last month for more than 20,000 prisoners, writes Matthew Rojansky. But one vital fact should not be overlooked: real progress has now been made on one of the most persistently contentious items on the Russia-West agenda.
photo by office of Antonis Samaras

Putin’s (Un)Happy New Year

Jan 02, 2014
In his final 2013 appearances, Putin subtly warned — and the Volgograd bombings graphically confirmed — that major changes must come in the new year. William Pomeranz analyzes Putin's December speeches and what they say about Russia in 2014.

Russia and Countering Violent Extremism in the Internet and Social Media: Exploring Prospects for U.S.-Russia Cooperation Beyond the "Reset"

Dec 16, 2013
This study, based on primary research conducted in Moscow in 2012, defines Russia’s assessment of domestic and international sources violent extremist threats; explains Moscow’s perspective on balancing democratic principles with the challenge of countering violent extremism in the Internet/social media; assesses existing capacities and impediments to further international collaboration with Russia in countering violent extremism in the Internet/social media spheres; defines specific initiatives that Russia, the United States, and other nations of the world community could advance to enhance international cooperation in countering violent extremism throughout the world cyber community.

Ukraine’s Protests: Not (Yet) a Revolution

Dec 12, 2013
Though Ukraine appears to be “caught between East and West,” Ukrainians themselves do not see it this way, writes Matthew Rojansky. "The protest movement appears to be an expression of support for a modern, European, democratic Ukrainian state."