If there is anything that 2020 has taught us, is that there is a critical need to reflect on the things that bind us and those that divide us. This can be done by taking an inward look at our values. Certainly, defining values is a very personal endeavour. Yet, we know that as a society or community, we also have shared values, which can change in time due to events or new experiences. As Milton Rokeach writes in Understanding Human Values, they are “learned and determined by culture, society, society’s institutions, and personal experiences”. That is why our authors in this issue ask and explore questions like – how does politics reflect our values? Do European values still matter? And, importantly, what axiological changes are we witnessing as a result of the protests in Belarus?
Understanding Values in Uncertain Times
A shining city on a hill. What if anything can American values teach a free Belarus?
Do European values still matter in Ukraine?
A country of grumblers? Hungarian values and how to misunderstand them
Réka Kinga Papp
A timeline, interrupted
We took our victories for granted
An interview with Vladimir Tismaneanu
Our common heritage
On Russia and resignation
A Belarusian clash of civilizations
Revolution in Belarus. Surprisingly female?
In Belarus, national solidarity, not nationalism, leads the day
Opinion and Analysis
What happens to Belarus after Lukashenka falls?
Moldova’s oligarch mayors go global
China’s footprint in Ukraine. A breathing space between Russia and the West
The Eastern Partnership enters a new decade
Clan war instead of fighting coronavirus and corruption
Prisoner’s Voice – Oleh Sentsov
Prisoner’s voice – Oleksandr Kolchenko
Art, Culture and Society
The power of Ukrainian youth
Natalia Dolgopolova, Kinga Anna Gajda, Alina Mekheda and Hanna Surkova
Stories and ideas
Armenian Syrians. From one war to another
History and Memory
The fleeting memory of December 1970
The line between politics and friendship
Spies not like us
Belarus at sea
Ukraine’s “learning” revolutions of 1990, 2004/05 and 2013/14
Serbia’s and Croatia’s struggles with the past