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The Day the Berlin Wall Really Fell
To understand what led to Germany’s reunification, look to the “City of Heroes”
by Elizabeth Pond
The Day the Berlin Wall Really Fell
Contrary to popular lore, the Berlin Wall did not fall on November 9, 1989. Nor did it fall in Berlin. It fell on October 9, some 120 miles away in Leipzig. First, civil courage – a rare quality in German history – had to dissolve the four-decade-old mental wall of East German fear. Only thereafter could the cement wall collapse in Berlin. Here is how it happened.
Category: Internal Conflicts, Germany
Are Ukrainians Europeans?
Ukrainian desire to be European tragically matured at the wrong time
by Elizabeth Pond
Are Ukrainians Europeans?
Protests pressing the Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych to drop the country’s fealty to Moscow and sign an association agreement with the European Union instead sparked the present crisis. With Russia now threatening to invade Eastern and Southern Ukraine as well, perhaps the obverse question is even more relevant: Does the West think of Ukraine as European?
Category: War/Warfare, Ukraine, Russia
Outgunned and Alone
If Russia attacks openly, Ukraine’s military will be no match for Putin’s forces
by Elizabeth Pond
With the situation in Donetsk and elsewhere escalating and “pro-Russian demonstrators” occupying police stations and administrative buildings, the government in Kiev is sending troops eastward for the first time. Its opponents – and not only those kept battle-ready beyond the border in Russia – are far better equipped. Even the capital would be within their reach.
Category: War/Warfare, Ukraine, Russia
Decent Serbia Wins Out
Serbia-Kosovo breakthrough in negotiations
by Elizabeth Pond
Decent Serbia Wins Out
Serbian-Kosovar relations have long struggled to find a solution to their conflicting territorial claims, but the lure of EU membership and economic support has finally made an impression in Belgrade. While it remains to be seen how the Serbian people respond to this political turn, the Serbian-Kosovar agreement can only bode well for the common future of these two neighbors.
Category: Bilateral Conflicts, Bilateral Relations, Conflict-Prevention, Conflicts and Strategies, Political Culture, Integration, Government and Society, European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Neighbourhood Policy, Enlargement Process, European Union, Serbia, Kosovo, South-East Europe, Europe
Nixon to China, Dacic to Brussels?
Overcoming Reticence Toward Kosovo Essential for Serbian Entry into EU
by Elizabeth Pond
Nixon to China, Dacic to Brussels?
A joint EU-US diplomatic visit to Serbia hints that the West sees new Serbian premier Ivica Dacic and his Deputy Aleksandar Vucic as precisely the ones who could persuade their followers, thirteen years after the Kosovo War and four years after Kosovo's secession, to drop 19th-century territorial grievances and move on to a 21st century inside the European Union.
Category: European Union, Transatlantic Relations, Balkans, South-East Europe, United States of America, North America
McBelgrade
How will Serbia’s youth shape the future of their country?
by Elizabeth Pond
At the time it seemed like a bright idea. What better way to probe young Serbs’ dreams for the future than to chat with the throngs of adolescents hanging out at Delta City, Belgrade’s new American-clone shopping mall? It was too cold to find many teenagers munching their popcorn in Kalemegdan Park, and too much of a political interlude to find their older brothers and sisters taking mass protests to the streets.
Category: Government and Society, Political Participation, Serbia, Balkans, South-East Europe, Europe
Clio in the Balkans
Cooperative history books pave the way for reconciliation in Southeastern Europe
by Elizabeth Pond
A group of historians from the Western Balkans is providing grammar schools in the region with new, jointly written history books that purposely avoid nationalist hagiography. The aim is to educate a generation that respects neighboring states and peers of other nationalities.
Category: Political Culture, Government and Society, Balkans, Europe, South-East Europe
The European Union for Beginners
European Union
by Elizabeth Pond
Two US scholars lend clarity to the complexity of the EU story
Category: European Union, Europe
Semi-Victory in the Balkans
The success of European soft power in the region
by Elizabeth Pond
The European Union’s promotion of good governance—or at least better governance—in the Balkans has accomplished a great deal. This unprecedented exercise in soft power may not yet have ensured the end of history in southeastern Europe, but it is certainly better and cheaper, in both blood and treasure, than any conceivable alternative.
Category: Democratization/System Change, Balkans, South-East Europe, Europe
Charm and Legacies
Are Republican centrists usurping the neo-con agenda-setters?
by Elizabeth Pond
After a row between the US and continental European partners France and Germany over Iraq, icy transatlantic relations may be heading for a thaw. The development hints at a change in Washington's thinking when it comes to Old Europe.
Category: Europe-USA, Transatlantic Relations, Worldwide