On NATO’s eastern flank and civil society in Eastern Europe
As NATO prepares for the July Warsaw Summit, our authors begin the debate on the pages of this issue, focusing on the current state of NATO’s eastern flank, goals planned for the summit and the role Russia plays in our region today.
The collapse of communism has also taught us that power is more than brute force. That is why in this issue we look into the state of civil society in Eastern Europe – a sector that continuously needs support from western partners.
Our exclusive survey of civil society organisations based in Eastern Europe shows that the NGO sector is growing and independent, but lacks assistance to build capacity. A series of texts and interviews illustrates these challenges further by highlighting the specific situation in countries such as Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and Azerbaijan.