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EdwardLucas.com http://www.edwardlucas.com Author, senior editor at The Economist and CEPA vice president Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:00:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 The New Cold War podcast by Edward Lucas gives authoritative and up-to-date commentary and perspective on the European security crisis, and its implications for the United States. Lucas is a senior editor at the Economist, the world's foremost newsweekly. He is also a senior vice-president at CEPA, a think-tank with offices in Warsaw, Poland and Washington, DC. Lucas has been writing and broadcasting about the region for the BBC, NPR and other outlets since the mid-1980s—and has been warning of the threat from of Putin's Russia for years, notably in his prescient best-seller, published in 2008, "The New Cold War". The podcasts are updated weekly, and include an archive dating back more than 10 years. You can follow him on Twitter — @edwardlucas — and find out more details of his work and career on his website: edwardlucas.com Edward Lucas clean Edward Lucas podcast@blubrry.com podcast@blubrry.com (Edward Lucas) Copyright 2017 The New Cold War Podcast The New Cold War Podcast hosted by EdwardLucas.com http://www.edwardlucas.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Edward_Lucas_podcast_image-738.png http://www.edwardlucas.com Russia’s political prisoners http://www.edwardlucas.com/2018/01/21/russias-political-prisoners/ Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:00:36 +0000 http://www.edwardlucas.com/?p=1656 Human rights in Russia are in a dire state, and now even punitive psychiatry is making a comeback, as I argued in my first column of 2018 for the Europe’s Edge page on the CEPA website.

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Human rights in Russia are in a dire state, and now even punitive psychiatry is making a comeback, as I argued in my first column of 2018 for the Europe’s Edge page on the CEPA website. Human rights in Russia are in a dire state, and now even punitive psychiatry is making a comeback, as I argued in my first column of 2018 for the Europe’s Edge page on the CEPA website. Edward Lucas clean 5:40
Russia’s farcical election http://www.edwardlucas.com/2018/01/14/russias-farcical-election/ Sun, 14 Jan 2018 12:00:27 +0000 http://www.edwardlucas.com/?p=1652 We’ll be reading a lot about a Russian presidential election this year. But as I argued in this piece for Europe’s Edge on the CEPA website, we should call this episode of political theatre by its real name: a farce.

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We’ll be reading a lot about a Russian presidential election this year. But as I argued in this piece for Europe’s Edge on the CEPA website, we should call this episode of political theatre by its real name: a farce. We’ll be reading a lot about a Russian presidential election this year. But as I argued in this piece for Europe’s Edge on the CEPA website, we should call this episode of political theatre by its real name: a farce. Edward Lucas clean 5:01
Germany http://www.edwardlucas.com/2018/01/07/germany/ Sun, 07 Jan 2018 12:00:09 +0000 http://www.edwardlucas.com/?p=1644 Whether Germany likes it or not, it now bears responsibility for European security, I argued in my column on Europe’s Edge, on the CEPA website, in December 2017.

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Whether Germany likes it or not, it now bears responsibility for European security, I argued in my column on Europe’s Edge, on the CEPA website, in December 2017. Whether Germany likes it or not, it now bears responsibility for European security, I argued in my column on Europe’s Edge, on the CEPA website, in December 2017. Edward Lucas clean 5:05
Chinese lessons http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/12/31/chinese-lessons/ Sun, 31 Dec 2017 12:00:08 +0000 http://www.edwardlucas.com/?p=1642 Britain is belatedly waking up to Russian influence-peddling. In my Times column in December 2017 I suggested that the Chinese threat in the antipodes might be instructive.

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Britain is belatedly waking up to Russian influence-peddling. In my Times column in December 2017 I suggested that the Chinese threat in the antipodes might be instructive. Britain is belatedly waking up to Russian influence-peddling. In my Times column in December 2017 I suggested that the Chinese threat in the antipodes might be instructive. Edward Lucas clean 7:22
Next generation infowar http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/12/24/next-generation-infowar/ Sun, 24 Dec 2017 12:00:40 +0000 http://www.edwardlucas.com/?p=1640 Disinformation is just one weapon in the Kremlin’s arsenal. But the worst is yet to come, as I argued in my column for Europe’s Edge on the CEPA website, in December 2017.

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Disinformation is just one weapon in the Kremlin’s arsenal. But the worst is yet to come, as I argued in my column for Europe’s Edge on the CEPA website, in December 2017. Disinformation is just one weapon in the Kremlin’s arsenal. But the worst is yet to come, as I argued in my column for Europe’s Edge on the CEPA website, in December 2017. Edward Lucas clean 4:39
Trump and Europe – not so bad http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/12/17/trump-and-europe-not-so-bad/ Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:00:49 +0000 http://www.edwardlucas.com/?p=1638 The hysterical opposition in Britain to Donald Trump’s visit is misplaced. As I argued in my column for the London Times in December 2017, this administration’s approach to Europe is far better than many realise.

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The hysterical opposition in Britain to Donald Trump’s visit is misplaced. As I argued in my column for the London Times in December 2017, this administration’s approach to Europe is far better than many realise. The hysterical opposition in Britain to Donald Trump’s visit is misplaced. As I argued in my column for the London Times in December 2017, this administration’s approach to Europe is far better than many realise. Edward Lucas clean 7:57
Statecraft http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/12/10/statecraft/ Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:00:51 +0000 http://www.edwardlucas.com/?p=1634 How to defend ourselves against Putinism, without Putinising our own societies. I ponder that question in my column for Europe’s Edge in December 2017.

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How to defend ourselves against Putinism, without Putinising our own societies. I ponder that question in my column for Europe’s Edge in December 2017. How to defend ourselves against Putinism, without Putinising our own societies. I ponder that question in my column for Europe’s Edge in December 2017. Edward Lucas clean 5:01
MI6 chief tells NATO to wake up http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/12/03/mi6-chief-tells-nato-to-wake-up/ Sun, 03 Dec 2017 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.edwardlucas.com/?p=1631 Britain is at last taking seriously the danger posted by the Putin regime, I wrote in my column for the London Times in late November 2017 – but it is woefully ill-equipped to deal with it.

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Britain is at last taking seriously the danger posted by the Putin regime, I wrote in my column for the London Times in late November 2017 – but it is woefully ill-equipped to deal with it. Britain is at last taking seriously the danger posted by the Putin regime, I wrote in my column for the London Times in late November 2017 – but it is woefully ill-equipped to deal with it. Edward Lucas clean 7:30
The age of blur http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/11/26/the-age-of-blur/ Sun, 26 Nov 2017 12:00:59 +0000 http://www.edwardlucas.com/?p=1617 Blurred boundaries are not as new as we think, I argued in my column for Europe’s Edge on the CEPA website in November 2017.

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Blurred boundaries are not as new as we think, I argued in my column for Europe’s Edge on the CEPA website in November 2017. Blurred boundaries are not as new as we think, I argued in my column for Europe’s Edge on the CEPA website in November 2017. Edward Lucas clean 4:59
Russia’s self-defeating policies http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/11/19/russias-self-defeating-policies/ Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.edwardlucas.com/?p=1614 Russia’s policies seem to be self-defeating. So why does Vladimir Putin’s regime pursue them?

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Russia’s policies seem to be self-defeating. So why does Vladimir Putin’s regime pursue them? Russia’s policies seem to be self-defeating. So why does Vladimir Putin’s regime pursue them? Edward Lucas clean 5:38
Russia Trump Brexit http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/11/12/russia-trump-brexit/ Sun, 12 Nov 2017 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.edwardlucas.com/?p=1610 We must get to the truth about Russia and Brexit. There are political risks in investigating meddling in the referendum and the US election but they can’t be ducked.

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We must get to the truth about Russia and Brexit. There are political risks in investigating meddling in the referendum and the US election but they can’t be ducked. We must get to the truth about Russia and Brexit. There are political risks in investigating meddling in the referendum and the US election but they can’t be ducked. Edward Lucas clean 7:38
Why Boris Johnson is wrong http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/11/05/why-boris-johnson-is-wrong/ Sun, 05 Nov 2017 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/28656156/ Boris Johnson this week decried Britain’s bad relations with Russia and said that fault lies on both sides. In my column for the London Times, I said he was right—but not for the reasons he thinks.

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Boris Johnson this week decried Britain’s bad relations with Russia and said that fault lies on both sides. In my column for the London Times, I said he was right—but not for the reasons he thinks. Boris Johnson this week decried Britain’s bad relations with Russia and said that fault lies on both sides. In my column for the London Times, I said he was right—but not for the reasons he thinks. Edward Lucas clean
The only good Communist… http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/10/29/the-only-good-communist/ Sun, 29 Oct 2017 12:00:21 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/28446842/ Many Poles believe that their country is still misruled by slippery ex-communists. Sweeping moral judgments are satisfying, but unhelpful, I argued in this piece from June 2005.

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Many Poles believe that their country is still misruled by slippery ex-communists. Sweeping moral judgments are satisfying, but unhelpful, I argued in this piece from June 2005. Many Poles believe that their country is still misruled by slippery ex-communists. Sweeping moral judgments are satisfying, but unhelpful, I argued in this piece from June 2005. Edward Lucas clean
A capitalist Kremlin can do more than a Communist one http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/10/22/a-capitalist-kremlin-can-do-more-than-a-communist-one/ Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:00:03 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/28228057/ Capitalism has given Russia a means to exploit Western weakness in a way that the Communist Soviet Union could never do, I argued in this piece from May 2006.

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Capitalism has given Russia a means to exploit Western weakness in a way that the Communist Soviet Union could never do, I argued in this piece from May 2006. Capitalism has given Russia a means to exploit Western weakness in a way that the Communist Soviet Union could never do, I argued in this piece from May 2006. Edward Lucas clean
Why CEE needs lynxes http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/10/15/why-cee-needs-lynxes/ Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/27992431/ The collapse of Communism sent wages plunging, giving the former planned economies an instant competitive advantage. The medium-term outlook is good. But demographic and other worries cloud the long run, as I argued in this piece, in April 2006

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The collapse of Communism sent wages plunging, giving the former planned economies an instant competitive advantage. The medium-term outlook is good. But demographic and other worries cloud the long run, as I argued in this piece, in April 2006 The collapse of Communism sent wages plunging, giving the former planned economies an instant competitive advantage. The medium-term outlook is good. But demographic and other worries cloud the long run, as I argued in this piece, in April 2006 Edward Lucas clean
Naval power in Belarus http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/10/08/naval-power-in-belarus/ Sun, 08 Oct 2017 12:00:50 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/27884965/ In landlocked Belarus, discussion of national naval strategy would be odd. So I was surprised to be invited to a conference on media freedom, as I described in this column from March 2006.

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In landlocked Belarus, discussion of national naval strategy would be odd. So I was surprised to be invited to a conference on media freedom, as I described in this column from March 2006. In landlocked Belarus, discussion of national naval strategy would be odd. So I was surprised to be invited to a conference on media freedom, as I described in this column from March 2006. Edward Lucas clean
Big bang from a small country http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/10/01/big-bang-from-a-small-country/ Sun, 01 Oct 2017 12:00:51 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/27666041/ British conservative eurosceptics swoon over Estonia’s free-market model. In this piece, written in April 2006, I use prime minister Mart Laar’s visit to London to highlight their mistakes.

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British conservative eurosceptics swoon over Estonia’s free-market model. In this piece, written in April 2006, I use prime minister Mart Laar’s visit to London to highlight their mistakes. British conservative eurosceptics swoon over Estonia’s free-market model. In this piece, written in April 2006, I use prime minister Mart Laar’s visit to London to highlight their mistakes. Edward Lucas clean
Lambasting Lithuania’s sex-industry flirtation http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/09/24/lambasting-lithuanias-sex-industry-flirtation/ Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:00:06 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/27009533/ I loathe the sex industry, so in this column, written in April 2006, I lambasted Lithuanian officials for encouraging it in the beautiful city of Vilnius.

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I loathe the sex industry, so in this column, written in April 2006, I lambasted Lithuanian officials for encouraging it in the beautiful city of Vilnius. I loathe the sex industry, so in this column, written in April 2006, I lambasted Lithuanian officials for encouraging it in the beautiful city of Vilnius. Edward Lucas clean
Why sanctions help dictatorships http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/09/17/why-sanctions-help-dictatorships/ Sun, 17 Sep 2017 12:00:57 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/27009532/ Sanctions on Belarus have been tried and failed, I argued in this piece in March 2006, following the rigged elections in that benighted country.

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Sanctions on Belarus have been tried and failed, I argued in this piece in March 2006, following the rigged elections in that benighted country. Sanctions on Belarus have been tried and failed, I argued in this piece in March 2006, following the rigged elections in that benighted country. Edward Lucas clean
Making Meri the model for Estonia http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/09/10/making-meri-the-model-for-estonia/ Sun, 10 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/26791832/ I’m a big fan of Estonia, which means I am particularly sharp about its shortcomings – as in this piece, written in March 2006.

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I’m a big fan of Estonia, which means I am particularly sharp about its shortcomings – as in this piece, written in March 2006. I’m a big fan of Estonia, which means I am particularly sharp about its shortcomings – as in this piece, written in March 2006. Edward Lucas clean
The theoretical power of a good conspiracy http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/09/03/the-theoretical-power-of-a-good-conspiracy/ Sun, 03 Sep 2017 12:00:13 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/26606241/ Conspiracy theories are a staple of the Kremlin’s propaganda in the New Cold War. In this piece, from March 2006, I look at their roots—and corrosive effects.

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Conspiracy theories are a staple of the Kremlin’s propaganda in the New Cold War. In this piece, from March 2006, I look at their roots—and corrosive effects. Conspiracy theories are a staple of the Kremlin’s propaganda in the New Cold War. In this piece, from March 2006, I look at their roots—and corrosive effects. Edward Lucas clean
Brain gym at the end of the universe http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/08/27/brain-gym-at-the-end-of-the-universe/ Sun, 27 Aug 2017 12:00:24 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/26306385/ The British Helsinki Human Rights group is long since defunct. But engaging with its anti-Western parallel universe can be good mental exercise, as I argued in this piece from March 2006.

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The British Helsinki Human Rights group is long since defunct. But engaging with its anti-Western parallel universe can be good mental exercise, as I argued in this piece from March 2006. The British Helsinki Human Rights group is long since defunct. But engaging with its anti-Western parallel universe can be good mental exercise, as I argued in this piece from March 2006. Edward Lucas clean
Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/08/20/absinthe-makes-the-heart-grow-fonder/ Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/26060697/ In another lighthearted piece from early 2006, I looked at the myths and reality around Absinthe, a mysterious and much-talked about drink.

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In another lighthearted piece from early 2006, I looked at the myths and reality around Absinthe, a mysterious and much-talked about drink. In another lighthearted piece from early 2006, I looked at the myths and<br /> reality around Absinthe, a mysterious and much-talked about drink. Edward Lucas clean
Trial by fire, water and TV in Belarus http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/08/13/trial-by-fire-water-and-tv-in-belarus/ Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:00:19 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/25900217/ The topic of fake news—colourful but fictional stories designed to skew a country’s politics— made headlines in 2016 in America’s presidential election. But it was alive and well in Belarus ten years earlier, as I noted in in this piece in February 2006.

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The topic of fake news—colourful but fictional stories designed to skew a country’s politics— made headlines in 2016 in America’s presidential election. But it was alive and well in Belarus ten years earlier, The topic of fake news—colourful but fictional stories designed to skew a country’s politics— made headlines in 2016 in America’s presidential election. But it was alive and well in Belarus ten years earlier, as I noted in in this piece in February 2006. Edward Lucas clean
Bigos is best when it’s ten degrees below zero http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/08/06/bigos-is-best-when-its-ten-degrees-below-zero/ Sun, 06 Aug 2017 12:00:05 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/25553893/ It wasn’t all doom and gloom back in eastern Europe in 2006. In this light-hearted piece I looked at the delights of regional cuisine, praising tradition but also encouraging novelty – Estonian ostrich, anyone?

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It wasn’t all doom and gloom back in eastern Europe in 2006. In this light-hearted piece I looked at the delights of regional cuisine, praising tradition but also encouraging novelty – Estonian ostrich, anyone? It wasn’t all doom and gloom back in eastern Europe in 2006. In this light-hearted piece I looked at the delights of regional cuisine, praising tradition but also encouraging novelty – Estonian ostrich, anyone? Edward Lucas clean
A vegetative state in Romania http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/07/30/a-vegetative-state-in-romania/ Sun, 30 Jul 2017 12:00:27 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/25553892/ Romania joined the European Union in 2007. I went there in January 2006, and was worried by the poverty I found in a provincial town.

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Romania joined the European Union in 2007. I went there in January 2006, and was worried by the poverty I found in a provincial town. Romania joined the European Union in 2007. I went there in January 2006, and was worried by the poverty I found in a provincial town. Edward Lucas clean
An A-Z guide to European gas wars http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/07/23/an-a-z-guide-to-european-gas-wars/ Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:00:22 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/25068265/ Energy security sounds boring, but it could hardly be more important. On 26 January 2006, before the European Union had got to grips with Grazprom, I wrote this A to Z guide to the gas wars.

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Energy security sounds boring, but it could hardly be more important. On 26 January 2006, before the European Union had got to grips with Grazprom, I wrote this A to Z guide to the gas wars. Energy security sounds boring, but it could hardly be more important. On 26 January 2006, before the European Union had got to grips with Grazprom, I wrote this A to Z guide to the gas wars. Edward Lucas clean
The Lion, the Witch and the Berlin Wall http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/07/16/the-lion-the-witch-and-the-berlin-wall/ Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:00:30 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/25068264/ For a change of tone in this column, written in January 2006, I looked at classic children’s and fantasy fiction, and what it could tell us about geopolitics and philosophy.

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For a change of tone in this column, written in January 2006, I looked at classic children’s and fantasy fiction, and what it could tell us about geopolitics and philosophy. For a change of tone in this column, written in January 2006, I looked at classic children’s and fantasy fiction, and what it could tell us about geopolitics and philosophy. Edward Lucas clean
Putin’s gas and western lambs http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/07/09/putins-gas-and-western-lambs/ Sun, 09 Jul 2017 12:00:48 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/24601811/ This column, written at the start of 2006, could be said to mark the start of my new cold war coverage. I berated Western weakness and highlighted the growing threat from Russia.

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This column, written at the start of 2006, could be said to mark the start of my new cold war coverage. I berated Western weakness and highlighted the growing threat from Russia. This column, written at the start of 2006, could be said to mark the start of my new cold war coverage. I berated Western weakness and highlighted the growing threat from Russia. Edward Lucas clean
Four cheers for the brain drain http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/07/02/four-cheers-for-the-brain-drain/ Sun, 02 Jul 2017 12:00:07 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/24601810/ Prejudice and scaremongering about the former captive nations is a persistent theme of these columns. In this rather splenetic piece, written in December 2005, I looked at the hypocrisy surrounding the issue of emigration.

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Prejudice and scaremongering about the former captive nations is a persistent theme of these columns. In this rather splenetic piece, written in December 2005, I looked at the hypocrisy surrounding the issue of emigration. Prejudice and scaremongering about the former captive nations is a persistent theme of these columns. In this rather splenetic piece, written in December 2005, I looked at the hypocrisy surrounding the issue of emigration. Edward Lucas clean
Popping the bubble in Estonia http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/06/25/popping-the-bubble-in-estonia/ Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:00:22 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/24601809/ In this piece, published in December 2005, I reflect on the pomposity of Western politicians, and the delights of Estonia’s outward-looking and non-hierarchical culture.

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In this piece, published in December 2005, I reflect on the pomposity of Western politicians, and the delights of Estonia’s outward-looking and non-hierarchical culture. In this piece, published in December 2005, I reflect on the pomposity of Western politicians, and the delights of Estonia’s outward-looking and non-hierarchical culture. Edward Lucas clean
Poland’s bravery and Putin’s poodles http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/06/18/polands-bravery-and-putins-poodles/ Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:00:18 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/24556387/ Western hypocrisy and timidity towards the new member states of the European Union and NATO helped fuel the new cold war. In this article, written in November 2005, I take up the cudgels on behalf of Poland.

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Western hypocrisy and timidity towards the new member states of the European Union and NATO helped fuel the new cold war. In this article, written in November 2005, I take up the cudgels on behalf of Poland. Western hypocrisy and timidity towards the new member states of the European Union and NATO helped fuel the new cold war. In this article, written in November 2005, I take up the cudgels on behalf of Poland. Edward Lucas clean
Lithuania loved and lost http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/06/11/lithuania-loved-and-lost/ Sun, 11 Jun 2017 12:00:09 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/24380506/ When I arrived in Lithuania in January 1990 it was still occupied by the Soviet Union. When I left in 1994, it was already transformed – at least on the surface. In this piece, from November 2005, I reflected, perhaps rather impatiently, on what had yet to change.

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When I arrived in Lithuania in January 1990 it was still occupied by the Soviet Union. When I left in 1994, it was already transformed – at least on the surface. In this piece, from November 2005, I reflected, When I arrived in Lithuania in January 1990 it was still occupied by the Soviet Union. When I left in 1994, it was already transformed – at least on the surface. In this piece, from November 2005, I reflected, perhaps rather impatiently on what had yet to change. Edward Lucas clean
Compare, contrast, catch up http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/06/04/compare-contrast-catch-up/ Sun, 04 Jun 2017 12:00:27 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/24073976/ Expectations of the ex-communist world are high, but the same criteria were too seldom applied to the countries of what we used to call “old Europe”, as I argued in this piece, written in November 2005.

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Expectations of the ex-communist world are high, but the same criteria were too seldom applied to the countries of what we used to call “old Europe”, as I argued in this piece, written in November 2005. Expectations of the ex-communist world are high, but the same criteria were too seldom applied to the countries of what we used to call “old Europe”, as I argued in this piece, written in November 2005. Edward Lucas clean
Home thoughts from abroad http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/05/28/home-thoughts-from-abroad/ Sun, 28 May 2017 12:00:58 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/23922203/ For the captive nations of eastern Europe, the diasporas in the free world were a beacon of hope. But, as I noted in this piece from November 2005, emigration can flow both ways.

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For the captive nations of eastern Europe, the diasporas in the free world were a beacon of hope. But, as I noted in this piece from November 2005, emigration can flow both ways. For the captive nations of eastern Europe, the diasporas in the free world were a beacon of hope. But, as I noted in this piece from November 2005, emigration can flow both ways. Edward Lucas clean
Poland’s persistently disappointing politicians http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/05/21/polands-persistently-disappointing-politicians/ Sun, 21 May 2017 12:00:59 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/23804015/ Making mistakes is part and parcel of journalism. The important thing is to admit them, as I argued in this piece in November 2005, when I was berating myself for being too optimistic about Polish politics.

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Making mistakes is part and parcel of journalism. The important thing is to admit them, as I argued in this piece in November 2005, when I was berating myself for being too optimistic about Polish politics. Making mistakes is part and parcel of journalism. The important thing is to admit them, as I argued in this piece in November 2005, when I was berating myself for being too optimistic about Polish politics. Edward Lucas clean
The ever-handy cold war toolbox http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/05/14/the-ever-handy-cold-war-toolbox/ Sun, 14 May 2017 12:00:30 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/23585281/ I first ventured behind the Iron Curtain in 1983. Despite all the changes, some of the skills I learned in the old cold war are still useful in the new one, as I wrote in this piece in October 2005.

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I first ventured behind the Iron Curtain in 1983. Despite all the changes, some of the skills I learned in the old cold war are still useful in the new one, as I wrote in this piece in October 2005. I first ventured behind the Iron Curtain in 1983. Despite all the changes, some of the skills I learned in the old cold war are still useful in the new one, as I wrote in this piece in October 2005. Edward Lucas clean
History and the historians http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/05/07/history-and-the-historians/ Sun, 07 May 2017 12:00:08 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/23404929/ Historical controversies bubble all over the former captive nations. But, as I argued in this piece from October 2005, only in Russia does the state bring such weight to bear behind one version of history.

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Historical controversies bubble all over the former captive nations. But, as I argued in this piece from October 2005, only in Russia does the state bring such weight to bear behind one version of history. Historical controversies bubble all over the former captive nations. But, as I argued in this piece from October 2005, only in Russia does the state bring such weight to bear behind one version of history. Edward Lucas clean
Misreading Belarus http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/04/30/misreading-belarus/ Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:00:27 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/22675749/ Belarus was a human-rights black hole when I wrote this piece in October 2005. Not much has changed. And outsiders are still getting the country wrong, too.

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Belarus was a human-rights black hole when I wrote this piece in October 2005. Not much has changed. And outsiders are still getting the country wrong, too. Belarus was a human-rights black hole when I wrote this piece in October 2005. Not much has changed. And outsiders are still getting the country wrong, too. Edward Lucas clean
Fog over the crash site http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/04/23/fog-over-the-crash-site/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:00:17 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/22675748/ The Baltic states, and Western military presence there, are a big target of Russian intelligence activity. In this piece, in October 2005, I berated Lithuania for muddled messages about the crash of a Russian warplane a month earlier.

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The Baltic states, and Western military presence there, are a big target of Russian intelligence activity. In this piece, in October 2005, I berated Lithuania for muddled messages about the crash of a Russian warplane a month earlier. The Baltic states, and Western military presence there, are a big target of Russian intelligence activity. In this piece, in October 2005, I berated Lithuania for muddled messages about the crash of a Russian warplane a month earlier. Edward Lucas clean
Gulag in Putinland http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/04/16/gulag-in-putinland/ Sun, 16 Apr 2017 12:00:14 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/22675747/ Anne Applebaum is one of my oldest and closest friends. So I am always glad to take up the cudgels on her behalf, as I did in this column in September 2005.

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Anne Applebaum is one of my oldest and closest friends. So I am always glad to take up the cudgels on her behalf, as I did in this column in September 2005. Anne Applebaum is one of my oldest and closest friends. So I am always glad to take up the cudgels on her behalf, as I did in this column in September 2005. Edward Lucas clean
Baltic advice about advice http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/04/09/baltic-advice-about-advice/ Sun, 09 Apr 2017 12:00:36 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/22610251/ Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians have been right about the New Cold War since the beginning. So I get cross if outsiders start patronising them, as I made clear in this column, from September 2005.

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Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians have been right about the New Cold War since the beginning. So I get cross if outsiders start patronising them, as I made clear in this column, from September 2005. Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians have been right about the New Cold War since the beginning. So I get cross if outsiders start patronising them, as I made clear in this column, from September 2005. Edward Lucas clean
Transdniestria’s unpleasant anniversary http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/04/02/transdniestrias-unpleasant-anniversary/ Sun, 02 Apr 2017 12:00:37 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/22430330/ Problems with Russia, information-warfare and anti-Westernism long predate the New Cold War. In this column, in September 2005, I looked at the splenetic, if contradictory propaganda of the Kremlin-backed separatist enclave of Transdniestria.

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Problems with Russia, information-warfare and anti-Westernism long predate the New Cold War. In this column, in September 2005, I looked at the splenetic, if contradictory propaganda of the Kremlin-backed separatist enclave of Transdniestria. Problems with Russia, information-warfare and anti-Westernism long predate the New Cold War. In this column, in September 2005, I looked at the splenetic, if contradictory propaganda of the Kremlin-backed separatist enclave of Transdniestria. Edward Lucas clean
What did communism look like, daddy? http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/03/26/what-did-communism-look-like-daddy/ Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:19:31 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/22160453/ As the years go by, memories of communism fade. And finding pictures to explain what it was really like can be surprisingly difficult – as I explain in this column, from September 2005.

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As the years go by, memories of communism fade. And finding pictures to explain what it was really like can be surprisingly difficult – as I explain in this column, from September 2005. As the years go by, memories of communism fade. And finding pictures to explain what it was really like can be surprisingly difficult – as I explain in this column, from September 2005. Edward Lucas clean
An inauspicious August for Poland http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/03/19/an-inauspicious-august-for-poland/ Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:16:00 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/21952600/ I returned from my summer holiday in 2005 having kept half an eye on the news. The most worrying developments concerned mistreatment of Poles, by Belarus and by Russia.

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I returned from my summer holiday in 2005 having kept half an eye on the news. The most worrying developments concerned mistreatment of Poles, by Belarus and by Russia. I returned from my summer holiday in 2005 having kept half an eye on the news. The most worrying developments concerned mistreatment of Poles, by Belarus and by Russia. Edward Lucas clean
Lukashenka’s brand image is the real thing http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/03/12/lukashenkas-brand-image-is-the-real-thing/ Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:59:38 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/21754834/ Relations between Russia and Belarus are both opaque and tricky. In this column, written back in 2005, I looked at the different role that ideology plays in Russia under Vladimir Putin and in Belarus under Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

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Relations between Russia and Belarus are both opaque and tricky. In this column, written back in 2005, I looked at the different role that ideology plays in Russia under Vladimir Putin and in Belarus under Alyaksandr Lukashenka. Relations between Russia and Belarus are both opaque and tricky. In this column, written back in 2005, I looked at the different role that ideology plays in Russia under Vladimir Putin and in Belarus under Alyaksandr Lukashenka. Edward Lucas clean
The disgraceful party line on eastern Europe http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/03/05/the-disgraceful-party-line-on-eastern-europe/ Sun, 05 Mar 2017 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/21271756/ Brexit seemed a distant and unlikely prospect back in 2005, but the first whiffs of euroscepticism were already in the air—and it was clear to me at least that the frontline states would be the losers.

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Brexit seemed a distant and unlikely prospect back in 2005, but the first whiffs of euroscepticism were already in the air—and it was clear to me at least that the frontline states would be the losers. Brexit seemed a distant and unlikely prospect back in 2005, but the first whiffs of euroscepticism were already in the air—and it was clear to me at least that the frontline states would be the losers. Edward Lucas clean
Dealing with thieves, liars and their bumf http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/02/26/dealing-with-thieves-liars-and-their-bumf/ Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:00:35 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/21271752/ Back in mid-2005, it was still possible to take on the politics of the region in a light-hearted way. So the subject of this column was the whys and wherefores of my dealings with London-based diplomats.

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Back in mid-2005, it was still possible to take on the politics of the region in a light-hearted way. So the subject of this column was the whys and wherefores of my dealings with London-based diplomats. Back in mid-2005, it was still possible to take on the politics of the region in a light-hearted way. So the subject of this column was the whys and wherefores of my dealings with London-based diplomats. Edward Lucas clean
Where did Transdniestria’s missing missiles go? http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/02/19/where-did-transdniestrias-missing-missiles-go/ Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:09:43 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/21170808/ Transdniestria is a self-proclaimed Russian-backed puppet state on Moldovan territory. It’s home to a huge cold-war-era arms dump—and as I found out on trip there in 2005, some of the weapons, MANPADS in military parlance, have gone missing.

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Transdniestria is a self-proclaimed Russian-backed puppet state on Moldovan territory. It’s home to a huge cold-war-era arms dump—and as I found out on trip there in 2005, some of the weapons, MANPADS in military parlance, have gone missing. Transdniestria is a self-proclaimed Russian-backed puppet state on Moldovan territory. It’s home to a huge cold-war-era arms dump—and as I found out on trip there in 2005, some of the weapons, MANPADS in military parlance, have gone missing. Edward Lucas clean
The unbearable brilliance of post-Soviet songs http://www.edwardlucas.com/2017/02/12/the-unbearable-brilliance-of-post-soviet-songs/ Sun, 12 Feb 2017 19:32:37 +0000 http://www.blubrry.com/newcoldwar/20952647/ Why should the devil have all the best tunes? Written in 2005, this piece takes a look at parody, history and symbolism of political songs.

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Why should the devil have all the best tunes? Written in 2005, this piece takes a look at parody, history and symbolism of political songs. Why should the devil have all the best tunes? Written in 2005, this piece takes a look at parody, history and symbolism of political songs. Edward Lucas clean