Ukraine’s Dangerous Drive to Decentralize

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Ukraine might benefit from decentralization, but only after the main anticorruption reforms are put into place, its economy is stabilized, and the threat to its very existence is removed. Under the present conditions, decentralization will weaken the central government and make Ukraine more vulnerable to Russian threats without de-escalating the conflict. (PDF) Maksym Khylko

Future German OSCE Chairmanship in handling Russia-Ukraine conflict: better small steps than no steps

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This article provides an initial overlook on the upcoming German OSCE Chairmanship’s priorities in 2016 in terms of handling the Russia-Ukraine conflict in so-called post-Minsk II environment. Berlin firmly believes that the OSCE is an irreplaceable international institution and the only one practically proved its capabilities in solving above conflict. Nevertheless, it remains unclear, whether Berlin has a kind of strategic emergency planning in case of the Minsk II peace accords failure. (PDF) Oleksandr Tytarchuk

Yerevan Electricity Protests Reach Climax

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Protesters in Armenia deny any political agenda, and political parties abstain from attempts to lead the protest movement, but Russian politicians and media comment ‘ElectricYerevan’ protests with conspiracy-laden messages, linking the protests to the U.S. and Ukraine. (PDF) Armen Grigoryan This piece was originally published by the Jamestown Foundation in the Eurasia Daily Monitor Vol.12 issue 121, June 29, 2015, and reprinted here with permission of the author.

Turkey-Armenia Relations after Turkey’s Elections

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The outcome of Turkey’s recent parliamentary elections may partly reduce tensions in relations with Armenia, stopping the mounting hostile rhetoric of recent months. A normalization of bilateral relations should not be expected at this stage, but the trend of increasing cooperation in the humanitarian area, and in culture, tourism, and the media in recent years will likely continue. At the same time, some policies may need to be reassessed in consideration of regional security risks. (PDF) Armen Grigoryan

Involvement of NATO, EU and OSCE in settling the Russia-Ukraine conflict

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Statement delivered by Mr. Oleksandr Tytarchuk on behalf of the Board of Coordinators of the East European Security Research Initiative (EESRI) at the Advanced Research Workshop “Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Conflict Management: NATO, OSCE, EU and Civil Society.” Panel V. Identification of the lessons learned and best practices. Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 10 June 2015. (PDF) Oleksandr Tytarchuk, Maksym Khylko