Stories written by Zoltán Dujisin
Zoltán Dujisin is presently based in Prague and covers the post-communist transformation of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine for IPS. Zoltán introduced himself to IPS in 2004 when he was based in Kiev, Ukraine, covering the country’s “Orange Revolution”. Since then he has gradually expanded the region’s coverage, working two years in Budapest, Hungary, and travelling extensively in the region. A political science graduate from the Technical University in Lisbon, Portugal, his studies brought him to the Czech Republic, Belgium and the Ukraine. He recently concluded a master’s degree in nationalism studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Ukrainians face a difficult socio-economic situation. Credit:  Zoltán Dujisin /IPS

UKRAINE: Back Full Circle

The 2004 'Orange revolution' saw a pro-Western leadership emerge victorious in a Presidential vote that opposed them to a pro-Russian candidate accused of vote rigging. After six years of political and economic chaos, the once villain Viktor Yanukovich has reclaimed the President's post.

UKRAINE: Facing Hard Choices Again

Neither the voters nor the West hold great illusions about genuine change in crisis-ridden Ukraine through the elections this weekend.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Base Drops Out of Radar

The Czech Republic has entered election campaign period with dire warnings being sounded of falling into the Russian sphere of influence, just as the U.S. drops its plans to build a missile base in Eastern Europe.

KYRGYZSTAN: A New Great Game Begins

A U.S. base located just 40km from a Russian base - it can happen in Kyrgyzstan, a new focal point in the great geopolitics of Central Asia where China and Turkey are beginning to show their cards as well.

A child fights off electricity cuts. Credit: Zoltan Dujisin

TAJIKISTAN: Recalling the Good Old Soviet Union

The collapse of the Soviet Union has brought misery to Tajikistan's remote eastern half. People are being driven once again to live as nomads.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Roma Exodus Provokes Diplomatic Conflict

Canada has imposed visas on Czechs following a year of thousands of visa applications from Roma who point to persecution in the Czech Republic. Czech officials and media put the blame on Canada.

BOSNIA: Get to be a Country First…

Sooner or later Bosnians will have to abandon their status of quasi-protectorate, and take control of their own state if they ever want to join the European Union.

BOSNIA: Not at Peace With Itself

Apart from sporadic civil society initiatives, Bosnia has attempted little by way of inter-ethnic reconciliation.

Q&A: "I Saw People Dying Before My Eyes"

Very little is known about North Korean society considering the country is so isolated the outside world. Those who flee the country refrain from speaking out, fearing persecution against them or their families. IPS’s Zoltán Dujisin caught up with Kim Young Seong, a North Korean defector, who gave a rare insight into North Korean society. The following are extracts from the interview.

RIGHTS-SOUTH KOREA: Prostitution Thrives with U.S. Military Presence

With the presence of U.S. soldiers, flesh trade is flourishing near the Camp Stanley Camptown close to Seoul.

HUNGARY: Slipping Further to the Right

The rise of the anti-gypsy Hungarian far right has revealed deep failures in the country's political system and its civil society.

NORTH KOREA: Peace Process Again a Distant Dream

Ever since being elected as President in 2008, conservative Lee-Myung-bak has pursued a hard-line policy towards North Korea, with the country’s left also blaming him for recent tensions in the peninsula.

EUROPE: Big Plans, But Little Money to go Nuclear

Eastern Europe is promoting nuclear energy as the only way to tackle climate change and reduce dependence on Russian gas, in spite of costs of going nuclear that it cannot meet.

EUROPE: Traffickers Still Looking East

Eastern Europe has been a major source of trafficking for sexual labour since the fall of communism. Now, other forms of exploitation are catching up.

EUROPE: More to Trafficking Than Prostitution

The condition of victims of forced labour worldwide may be unrecognised because many states and organisations see it only in the light of a fight against prostitution.

EUROPE: Victims of Trafficking Need More than Words

A flawed political and economic order that has failed to create effective migration policies is behind the rise of trafficking in persons and the difficulties in tackling it effectively, leading campaigners say.

EUROPE: EU Looks East, Again

The European Union's Eastern Partnership, promoting closer cooperation between the EU and former Soviet Republics, has been enthusiastically endorsed in Eastern Europe, ignored in the West, and criticised in Russia.

EUROPE: Still Preparing to Trip Up the Big Treaty

In spite of the Lisbon Treaty's approval by both houses of the Czech Parliament, President Vaclav Klaus is refusing to sign the document that many believe would allow the EU to deal effectively with the global economic crisis.

RIGHTS: Roma Seek to Flee Czech Republic

The situation of Roma in the Czech Republic has always been bad, but growing right-wing extremism has taken tensions to new levels, driving many to seek asylum in Canada.

EUROPE: Uncovering the Veil Over ‘CIA Prison’

An official investigation shows that it is more and more likely that a CIA prison existed in Poland at the height of the "war on terror".

EUROPE: Obama in a New Game Over Missiles and Iran

As the extension of the U.S. missile defence system to Eastern Europe is halted, U.S. President Barack Obama seems inclined to exchange it for Russian cooperation in taming Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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