New European Democracies Project

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Europe Program
New European Democracies Project

The New European Democracies Project seeks to help the states of Central and Eastern Europe achieve their economic potential and strengthen their relations with the United States and the region.

Program Overview:

Acknowledging the two most recent rounds of EU enlargement in 2004 and 2007, and seeking to advance the expansion and consolidation of security and democracy in neighboring states, the CSIS East European Studies Project was renamed the New European Democracies Project (NED) and united with the CSIS Europe Program.

The New European Democracies Project encompasses the broad region from the Baltic to the Adriatic and the Black Seas and monitors both the most successful and the most challenged states that emerged from the defunct Communist systems.

The goal of the project is to help these countries to achieve their democratic potential, to strengthen their relations with the United States, and to stabilize their respective regions.

All activities are undertaken with the goal of contributing to an informed public policy debate during this important era for the consolidation of democracy and security across a wider Europe.

  • Mostar Bridge from flickr user jaime.silva

    The creation of a durable network of expertise committed to developing the U.S.-Greek partnership in working more effectively in the wider Balkan region.

  • U.S.-EU Partnership Committee for Ukraine

    Supporting the consolidation of Ukraine’s democracy and market economy and encouraging joint U.S.-EU policies that enhance Ukraine’s integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions.

  • The New European Democracies blog casts a critical eye on the latest developments and trends throughout the Wider European region.

  • Current Projects

    Current projects on the Eastern and Central European region include: U.S.-EU Partnership Committee for Ukraine, the Transatlantic Policy Forum, and the U.S.-Kazakhstan OSCE Task Force.


    The CSIS U.S.-Albania Forum is a new initiative that seeks to re-energize U.S.-Albanian relations and develop practical policy recommendations with the participation of U.S. experts and Albanian policymakers.


    The CSIS U.S.-Georgia Forum will assess Georgia’s progress as an emerging trans-Atlantic democracy and identify worthwhile joint initiatives that can strengthen the country’s security and institutional and economic development while contributing concrete ideas for the U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership.

  • Kazakhstan

    The CSIS-IND initiative to assist Kazakhstan in shaping its 2010 OSCE chairmanship agenda through expert analysis and policy recommendations.


  • Jul 26, 2012


    By Miro Popkhadze

    It was largely believed that the fall of the Soviet Union would profoundly change the way the international system worked. The United Europe, it was hoped, with ideologically cohesive democratic Russia represented a permanent and stable foundation of the new world order. The Maastricht treaty signed in 1991 embodied the first most formal expression of this new era which set the stage for Europe’s attempt at real integration.  The majority of  newly independent Central and Eastern European States, in search of  national security  and democratic governance, overthrew their Soviet dominated authoritarian- communist regimes, emerged as consolidated democracies, market economies and joined both the European Union (EU) and North Atlantic Alliance (NATO). However, this extraordinary period soon proved to be short-lived, the essential components of the old system, namely strong nation-state and  Great Power Struggle remained as significant as ever.

  • Mar 13, 2012

     Марк Дитcен

    Снайперы, расположенные вдоль линии соприкосновения войск в Нагорном Карабахе, ставят под угрозу достижение компромиссного решения между армянами и азербайджанцами по вопросу спорного статуса Карабаха. 

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