Estonia

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written by
Joseph Gates
Communications Intern


Russia’s natural gas supplies are potent economic weapons in the crisis with Ukraine – and in Russia’s relations with other eastern European countries and the European Union.

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written by
Arch Puddington
Vice President for Research
written by
Zselyke Csaky
Research Analyst, Nations in Transit

The six countries of the Eastern Partnership program lag far behind their closest neighbors in the EU. But this is a testament to the bloc’s past successes, and a sign that it must help these states build up their democratic institutions.

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The reelection of the United States to the United Nations Human Rights Council was a positive development in a largely disappointing election by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) yesterday, in which seven countries with poor human rights records—Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela—were also elected.

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Human Rights Defense, U.S. Foreign Policy, United Nations
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Americas, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe

In a speech to the UN General Assembly in New York, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia discussed the country’s successful transition to democracy as the country celebrates the 20th anniversary of its independence (highlighting Estonia’s Free rating in Freedom in the World). He expressed concern at the challenges that continue in many countries of the former Soviet Union and hopefulness at the democratic movement currently sweeping the Middle East as its people strive for freedom.

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Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Human Rights Defense, United Nations
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Eurasia, Eurasia

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Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On

“Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On,” marks the 20th anniversary of the failed Soviet coup of August 19, 1991. The retrospective essay examines the changes in the political rights and civil liberties in the former Soviet Union over the last two decades, as well as includes graphs and rankings that illustrate the region's performance in the annual Freedom House publications Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press. The report  concludes that there is a serious and disturbing failure to embrace democratic institutions in most of the post-Soviet region.

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