Escaping the chains of time

Unblocking Eastern Europe’s potential to peace and prosperity in a Post-Soviet era

The end of 1991 brought forth a political shockwave from Kiev to Harbin. 

From the ashes of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, nations, temporarily lost in time, but never forgotten, rose to return to the place they carved out for themselves, centuries ago.

Eastern Europe and The Balkans were no exceptions. They were called the “powder keg of Europe” ever since people knew what a powder keg was, and with the dawn of the Post-Soviet Era, the whole world watched and waited for a spark to set it off. 

They did not have to wait long, as the gears of Yugoslav Wars were already in motion, with tragedy on its heel. However, like the fields of Flanders, today the Balkans represent the world’s wishes for a better future.

The shackles of times past can still be felt around the ankles of Eastern Europe. The frozen conflict Transnistria has not come to a resolution for more than 20 years. Numerous parts of the region have still not managed to effectively transform their economies to exist in a world without the USSR while social and cultural issues only thwarting this already slow progress. 

A better tomorrow is built by tireless labour today, and if we wish to escape the chains of time, there is work to be done. Whether it be brokering peace settlements to put the hatred of the past behind us, creating a more sustainable economic model for the region to let go of yesterday’s methods or involving more women in the resolution of conflicts, you can certainly find your calling amongst it all.