The Transformative Blog provides informative insights for a global intellectual audience. Read about social, economic,
and cultural transformations in the region with a global perspective and wide scope of interest: from current affairs to
historical analysis on Central and Eastern Europe, East Asia and the co-transformation of Western countries.
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Reintegrating Russian-speaking Ukrainians into the ‘Motherland’ – one of Putin’s central pretexts for war – has impacted a sharp counter reaction: many are abandoning their mother tongue, reaffirming their Ukrainian identity. Could Ukraine be headed for monolingualism after centuries of multi-language cultural exchange?
Financial crises are hard to predict. Studying historical financial crises provides insight into the vulnerabilities in each economic system that help us forecast such an event. Policy-induced and institutional factors are key to predict and prevent financial crises.
The integration of Ukrainian refugees represents a significant challenge for European states. Yet what might be a short-term burden, could be of long-term benefit for both the refugees and the host societies.
Die militärischen Erfolge ändern wenig an der verzweifelten Lage der Menschen in der Ukraine. Auch Stimmungen entscheiden über den Fortgang dieses Krieges. Warum sich der Westen über einige Punkte im Klaren sein sollte.
The nuclear taboo, which has prevented the use of nuclear weapons since 1945, is under pressure. Amidst the crisis of non-proliferation institutions, the war in Ukraine has heightened US-Russia tensions, increasing the threat of the use of nuclear weapons. Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones might be the last bulwark of the non-proliferation utopia.
The war in Ukraine and the worsening climate crisis challenge our conceptions of freedom. The nation and the state make a comeback not as enemies, but as guarantors of freedom.
In this blog post, Nino Aivazishvili-Gehne presents experiences and their consequences regarding Russia's aggressive policy beyond European borders.
Dr. Rosamund Johnson (RECET) provides a unique insight into the history of gun production and its politics in Eastern Europe, particularly Czechoslovakia, a timely topic considering weapons lifespan in the context of the current war in Ukraine.
Mojmir Stransky sums up last-year parliamentary elections and government formation in Czech Republic. A brief insight into local politics poses broader questions about politics in Eastern Europe, role of coalitions and political future of the whole region.
Rasa Navickaitė explores the political usage of war in Ukraine by the Lithuanian Right. The war, treated as a threat to Lithuania‘s sovereignty, became a tool of anti-gender politics and helped to erase human rights issues from the political agenda for an unforeseeable period of time.