Europe & Eurasia Publications, June 2011

12 07 2011

A list of recent reports on Europe & Eurasia that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

EU anti-corruption requirements: measuring progress in Albania, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia and Turkey
http://bit.ly/k308Oy
Albania, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia and Turkey must do more to guarantee the effective implementation of anti-corruption laws, according to a report from Transparency International, which calls on the governments to build capacity and improve governance in key institutions. Source: Transparency International

Georgia’s Choices: Charting a Future in Uncertain Times
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/?fa=view&id=44553
Georgia is entering a period of transition, with parliamentary and presidential elections due in 2012-2013, after which a new constitution will take effect. Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The New Role of Central and Eastern Europe in International Democracy Support
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/?fa=view&id=44375
The democracy promotion efforts of these countries-countries that are still grappling with some domestic democracy issues of their own-have been limited in scope and inconsistent, ad hoc, and given a low priority at times. Still, these countries have very recent, in fact ongoing experience with democratization that gives them valuable expertise and perspectives that other donors do not have, and therefore special credibility in the eyes of recipients. Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Europe & Eurasia Publications, May 2011

1 06 2011

A list of recent reports on Europe & Eurasia that were highlighted in the May issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Film: Bitter winter in Belarus
http://www.fidh.org/Bitter-Winter-in-Belarus
The 7 – minute video Bitter Winter in Belarus denounces the violent repression exercised by the Belarus authorities against all the dissident voices that have protested against the rigging of the 19 December 2010 presidential elections. Source: International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Interim human rights assessment of the events of 19 December 2010 in Minsk, Belarus
http://bit.ly/kAWGMl
This report is an independent assessment of the events on 19 December in Minsk, Belarus, undertaken by the Special Rapporteur of the Committee of International Control (CIC) over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus. The interim assessment based on available evidence basically concludes that there were no mass riots in the city centre on 19 December 2010. Source: Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus

Violations of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Turkmenistan
http://www.soros.org/initiatives/cep/articles_publications/publications/violations-religion-turkmenistan-20110425
As a participating state in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Turkmenistan has committed itself to implementing OSCE norms and standards to strengthen freedom of religion or belief and other fundamental rights. Yet, the government of Turkmenistan remains one of the most repressive regimes in the world. Source: Open Society Foundations

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Europe & Eurasia Publications, April 2011

6 05 2011

A list of recent reports on Europe and Eurasia that were highlighted in the April issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Governments Move To Thwart ‘Arab Spring’ In Central Asia
http://www.eurasianet.org/node/63386
Like the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia also suffers from poverty, corruption, heavy-handed governments, widespread unemployment, and scant opportunities for the young. All too aware of the similarities, governments there are already taking measures to prevent public upheaval of the kind that has shaken the Arab world. Source: EurasiaNet.org

Moldova’s European Transformation: Building Consensus for Democratic and Economic Reform
http://www.cipe.org/featureservice/?p=608
In July 2009, Moldova made the transition to democracy official when a majority voted in favor of pro-European parties, bringing an end to Europe’s last Communist government. The Moldovan path to Europe proved to be hard, maybe harder than anyone expected. Source: Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Eurasia Publications, March 2011

7 04 2011

A list of recent reports on Europe and Eurasia that were highlighted in the March issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

North Kosovo: Dual Sovereignty in Practice
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/europe/balkans/kosovo/211-north-kosovo-dual-sovereignty-in-practice.aspx
The dispute between Kosovo and Serbia, which keeps the Western Balkans divided and insecure, is most acute in Kosovo’s northern municipalities. Source: International Crisis Group

Shattering Hopes: Post-Election Crackdown in Belarus
http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2011/03/14/shattering-hopes-0
The report documents the human rights violations that have occurred since the election – including persecution of opposition candidates and activists, abuse of detainees, trials behind closed doors and raids on human rights organisations. Source: Human Rights Watch

Southeast and Central Europe Media Handbook
http://www.mediahandbook.org/
The database includes the latest political and economic developments, an overview of the media landscape, media-related legislation and press freedom issues. Source: South and East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO).

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Eurasia publications, Feb 2011

8 03 2011

A list of recent reports on Eurasia that were highlighted in the February issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Armenia and Azerbaijan: Preventing War
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/europe/caucasus/B60-armenia-and-azerbaijan-preventing-war.aspx
An arms race, escalating front-line clashes, vitriolic war rhetoric and a virtual breakdown in peace talks are increasing the chance Armenia and Azerbaijan will go back to war over Nagorno-Karabakh. Source: International Crisis Group

Central Asia: Decay and Decline
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/asia/central-asia/201-central-asia-decay-and-decline.aspx
Only a concerted effort from national governments, donors and the international community to modernise Central Asia’s infrastructure can avert the region’s decline into chaos. Source: International Crisis Group

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Celebrate National Library Week

16 04 2010

See how free internet access at the local library helped a village in Ukraine

Source: IREX





Ukraine Says ‘No’ to NATO

5 04 2010

http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1542/ukrainie-president-blocks-nato-membership-russia-influence
Source: PEW Research Center.

This report notes that Ukraine’s new governing coalition recently announced its intention to pass a law against joining military alliances, which will fulfill Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s campaign promise to prevent Ukraine from becoming a member in NATO. Yanukovych’s move to ban Ukraine from joining NATO is not without a base of public support. A September 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project found that half of Ukrainians (51%) opposed their country’s admission to NATO, while only 28% favored such a step.
Moreover, given the opposition to membership, it is not surprising that about half of Ukrainians (51%) gave NATO an unfavorable rating.