Category: Igor Lukes

Lost in Unification: Post-Cold War Europe East and West – Remembering the Berlin Wall

January 12th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Igor Lukes, Newsmakers, WBUR 0 comments

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This week we have a panel-discussion titled “Lost in Unification: Post-Cold War Europe East and West – Remembering the Berlin Wall.” …

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Tarnished heroes: don’t dismiss them

December 31st, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Igor Lukes, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Conversation US 0 comments

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The release of a documentary film in the Czech Republic earlier this year caused much controversy. It is about a dissident named Pavel Wonka who fought against the totalitarian regime in Communist Czechoslovakia…

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Prague’s velvet: wearing off 25 years later

December 4th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Igor Lukes, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Conversation US 0 comments

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The United States had just gone through a bruising election, but in Congress Democratic and Republican leaders gathered to unveil the bust of Vaclav Havel, the playwright and first post-Communist Czech president and only the fourth non-American to be installed in this hallowed space…

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Putin’s Regret? Victory in Crimea Set the Stage for Losses

July 3rd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Igor Lukes, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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In March Russia seized 26,000 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory in Crimea. It then sent armed personnel to eastern Ukraine, cut off gas to Kiev for the third time in eight years, and launched large military maneuvers along the borders…

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Communist secret police operations under the spotlight thanks to Andrej Babiš affair

July 1st, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Igor Lukes, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Last week’s decision by a Bratislava court that Czech finance minister Andrej Babiš was falsely described as being an agent of the Communist era secret police has sparked a lively debate about the apparent clearing of his name…

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“Comparing anything or anyone to the Stasi is really a sort of worthless task because the Stasi were almost completely unique. According to some estimates they had one informer in every 10 or 20 East German citizens. That was a truly totalitarian monster, which of course did not prevent the collapse of Communist in East Germany ultimately. I think that the StB was not as influential or omnipresent or omniscient as the Stasi but I think it was still influential although one should not forget that both the Stasi and StB were instruments, tools in the hands of the ruling party. ”

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Putin’s actions in Ukraine sow fear across former Soviet empire

June 4th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Igor Lukes, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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President Obama’s pledge to defend allies in the former communist states of Eastern Europe and to seek $1 billion from Congress to bolster regional defenses might be Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nightmare come to life…

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“It seems Mr. Putin has decided to test the stability of the international system in a surprisingly resolute manner. I think hisanschluss of Crimea, which appears to be a fait accompli that no one seems to think about reversing, was a serious defeat for international stability and the notion that borders cannot be changed by force.”

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Ukraine NATO Membership Key to Security

April 3rd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Igor Lukes, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Ukraine-Russia-Crimea 0 comments

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It is possible that Putin himself does not know today what steps, if any, he might take next week regarding Ukraine…

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Ukraine Crisis, Sanctions Taking Toll on Russia Economy

March 25th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Igor Lukes, Newsmakers, Voice of America 0 comments

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Although Russian leaders have downplayed the impact of recent U.S. and European sanctions, analysts say capital has been pouring out of the country as risk-averse investors seek safer returns…

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“I think what has to happen is that the sanctions have to have an impact on the overall standard of living in the country, which then causes a decline in the current enthusiasm of the Russian public for Mr. Putin.”

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Whither Ukraine?

March 6th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Igor Lukes, Newsmakers, Ukraine-Russia-Crimea 0 comments

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A few weeks ago, the news out of Russia was all about the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi. By the closing ceremonies, all hell had broken lose in Ukraine…

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Boston Ukraine Community Reacts To Crisis In Homeland

March 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Igor Lukes, Newsmakers, Ukraine-Russia-Crimea, WBZ-TV 0 comments

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The Russian Parliament Saturday approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to send military forces to protect his country’s interest in Ukraine…

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“Russia, that has failed to control Ukraine, is still a significant player but perhaps not more important than lets say Sweden.”

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