I am a Swedish specialist on politics and security in Russia and “Eastern Europe.” I have been dealing with the region on and off since the early 1990s and been around quite a lot.
At Vilhelm Konnander's Weblog I blog about all the thoughts and reflections within my field that I need to get out of my system. No wonder, given the theme of my blog: Politics & Security in Russia, Central & Eastern Europe & Central Asia. On Twitter @vkonnander.
Latest posts by Vilhelm Konnander from October, 2009
Russia: Struggling with democracy
Robert Amsterdam draws attention to an interview on Russian democracy with Kremlin Grey Cardinal Vladislav Surkov.
Czech Republic: Lisbon before court
The Reference Frame writes about the EU Lisbon Treaty being addressed by the Czech Constitutional Court to review its accordance with national legislation.
Russia-Georgia: Tagliavini report reviewed
Greater Surbiton discusses the recent EU-report by the Tagliavini Commission on the 2008 Russo-Georgian war, and argues that it – with few exceptions – mostly sides with the Georgians.
Russia: Medvedev's critical questions
CrisisCrunch comments on some critical issues about Russia raised by the country's president, Dmitry Medvedev, in a recent article.
Romania: General strike start of presidential campaign
Gabriela Ionita of Power&Politics World links a general strike planned for Monday with the start of the country's presidential election campaign.
US-Poland: Putting robots out of work
Eric Grover of Blogactiv.eu discusses US president Obama's decision to scrap the anti-missile defence system planned for deployment to Poland and the Czech Republic on the very day of the 70th anniversary of the 1939 Soviet attack of Poland at the outset of World War II.
Russia: Accelerating WTO accession?
Amanda Lahan of Crisis Crunch accounts for Russia resuming negotiations on membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which may still be hampered by plans for a customs’ union with Kazakhstan and Belarus, set to coincide with WTO-accession also of these countries.
Montenegro: Student awakening
Blogactiv.eu reports that the first ever Montenegrine student demonstrations will be held on Thursday, protesting the increasing politicization of the university system.