Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard
The heritage of the Soviet past and the transitional 1990’s slowed down the emergence in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine of a generation of reformist leaders advocating the principles and values of “good governance”. Politicians are not capable of undertaking democratic reforms, despite the help from abroad. This is stated in the report of the British Royal Institute of International Affairs “Chatham House”, according to RT.
“After more than 25 years of independence and protracted, ongoing democratic transitions, post-communist societies continue to struggle with poor-quality governance. Political elites seem unwilling and unable to bring about sustainable democratic reforms regardless of societal demands and the often-generous inflows of external assistance,” it is reported in the document.
Chatham House claims that the residents of Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova already repeatedly showed “pro-European aspirations” and an unwillingness to have a Soviet type leadership. It is noted that this concerns the “Rose Revolution” in Tbilisi in 2003, as a result of which Georgia was led by Mikheil Saakashvili, and also the mass riots in Chisinau in 2009 and “Euromaidan” in Kiev in 2014.
According to British analysts, these events created opportunities for reforms “in the spirit of European values and standards of living”.
“The social uprisings in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine have all produced more politically conscious electorates that demand a break with the past normative behaviour and the acknowledgment of the European course of integration – as opposed to closer cooperation within Russia-led integrationist projects – as the only acceptable path,” it is emphasised in the document.
In the report of Chatham House four types of political elite that exist at the moment in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine are designated.
The first – “Old Guard” – includes the former members of communist parties, oligarchs, and businessmen who aim to save the status quo. Together with them are representatives of the second type under the name “Trojan Horses”. These are the young officials “benefiting” from the situation that developed in the country. The third type – “Returning Diaspora” – refers to citizens who returned from abroad having new thinking and ethical principles. And local activists and representatives of civil society create a group of “Domestic Reformers”.
All types of elite, besides the “Old Guard”, can lead to changes in the system of political management, and the international community should help them with it, it is explained in the document.
“The international donor community should broaden the portfolio of activities of NGOs, watchdogs, think-tanks, investigative media outlets, and unregistered civic initiatives, which promote transparency and monitor accountability of decision-making processes,” considers Chatham House.
In addition, among other things, in the report it is proposed to finance actions with the participation of local activists, to organise training abroad and student exchanges with western institutes, and to strengthen the potential of independent journalism.
First the official title of Chattam House caught my attention. Because anything that begins with the words “British Royal” is immediately suspect due to the history of the last few centuries.
Then, this quote from this British Royal Institute struck me. “All types of elite, besides the “Old Guard”, can lead to changes in the system of political management, and the international community should help them with it, it is explained in the document.”
If there is any definition of “Old Guard” it is the British Royals and all their apparatus institutes. So, for once I agree with a study by a British Royal anything in that it is true that leaving anything to the Old Guard such as the British Royals won’t change anything. And with the Doomsday Clock at 2 Minutes to Midnight, the world desperately needs to change.
Well they have at least been officially notified that they were supposed to be an educational institute rather than a controlling one, or face the consequences of not doing their job properly.
They didn’t agree but since they were the ones who ended up w/the pain in the neck at the end of the day, they have no grounds to either complain or do anything about the consequences they are about to face in court. Its a closed sealed case, with no more discussions, debates, appeals, disbelief’s, or denials left in their bag of tricks.
Chatham House is the UK equivilent to the US’ Council of Foreign Relations and set up shortly after the CFR. It’s the analytical [sic] source for British imperialism.
Much like that other ‘think tank’ beloved of the UK media seeking an ‘independent opinion’ RUSI, which is funded by the dept of defence. Establishment mafia.
” >> The international donor community should broaden the portfolio of activities of NGOs, watchdogs, think-tanks, investigative media outlets, and unregistered civic initiatives, which promote transparency and monitor accountability of decision-making processes >>, considers Chatham House.”
Proves superbly the point and the virtues of the much slandered one-party system. Kept this kind of sewer rats out for almost half a century.
If there is one word that turns my stomach, even more than ‘freedom’ or ‘Western moral values’, it is ‘activists’.
Whereas my ’favourite’ is Dissident and, of course, Regime. These two buzzwords are usually glued together in the Zionazi curriculum.
I am afraid not. This Chatham House Report cannot be accepted, asiIt’s too simplified and too propagandist. Yes, post communist governments made mistakes, the chief one being rushing from communism to liberal capitalism, as seen in Russia under Yeltsin, which shocked the population. However, the Report ignores (intentionally) foreign factors, who did indeed want to see liberal policies being established in post communist countries, opening the road to Western banks and corporations. Russia introduced liberal economics, with devastating results. Putin enters the stage and reverses the chaos. After that we have the coup d’etat in Kiev, and Ukraine makes the exact same mistake Russia did under Yeltsin. Ukraine, of course, had plenty of “help” from the West to make this mistake. And the result ? Identical results as in Russia under Yeltsin, the oligarchs and Western corporations making the profits and the population becoming impoverished. However, I don’t see who in Ukraine is capable of reversing this situation.
The Report also states that post-communist countries want the EU road as opposed to the Russian. This is highly debatable. This might have been true back in 2001, but not now in 2019. The population has become highly delusional with the EU, seeing what it has brought. On the other hand, Russia is becoming popular, slowly but surely, even in the West. As for strengthening “independent journalism”, that last sentence is too hillarious to warrant any real comment, bearing in mind the only “independent journalism” you have in the West is basically on the Internet. By “independent journalism” I presume Chatham House means creating puppet journalists who will follow a pro-Western and a pro-liberal line of reporting, enhancing the “values” of the EU and NATO. In the long run it won’t work.
By ‘independent journalism’ they mean the likes of the Guardian and the Integrity Initiative psychos like Natalie Nougatbrain. It is so funny that I think I’ll vomit.
Mulga…. Ha ha ha ha…. God you make some brilliant comments. Was thinking the same thing regards ‘independent journalism’. These creatures are probably old Etonians, etc.
Gezzah, the biggest joke of all is Austfailia and the dumb, greedy, lemmingtons that voted for three more years of ScoMo, and to kill their own children through unaddressed climate destabilisation. When I think of the coming drought, megafires, cyclones, floods and death of the Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland, the Alabama of the Antipodes, I forget all my efforts to nurture compassion for others, and laugh and laugh and laugh. Sometimes I even get a ‘stitch’. I should, and maybe one day will, be ashamed, but not now. Now the hatred is hot and the horror just too real, I’m afraid.
I know Mulga, and fully agree with your assessment of Australia. Lemmings R Us. The Big Issue mag (that I flog) has a photo of Greta Thunberg on the cover with the caption ‘Climate Kids Are Coming’. The amount of negative comments I’ve had ranging from “what absolute lies” to “what total garbage” has floored me. All of them from over 50 yr olds, one man had his 2 grandkids nearby, abt 6-8 yrs old. Few of them had copies of…. The Australian, or Sun Herald. Yeah, go figure. Brainwashed beyond redemption. Greed Mulga, pure fecken greed, while being fully lobotomised by Murdoch’s sewerage outlet’s. Oh, yeah, ‘western moral values’ is probably my vomit inducing line along with ‘international rules based order’ and ‘international community’. The sort of thing the vermin at Chatham House revel in. Along with an ‘independent press’. All with $$$ in their eyes.
Here you will observe an old man who plumbed the depths of horror and betrayal as a survivor of Israeli massacre
of U$ sailors on U$$ Liberty, betrayed by successive U$ regimes from LBJ up to the present POTU$A. But instead of despairing or cursing or succumbing to PTSD he has kept a level head and works with Truther sites to get out the real story behind that “incident”.
Chaffem House represent the Lies of Power. That old sailor represents the Power of Truth.
I think that Murdoch’s hereditary longevity may not be the total disaster that it appears. It means that he might yet face justice for his monstrous crimes of hate and fear-mongering and denialist disinformation. I believe that in olden times that they did the needful with a silken cord. The signs are good, too, that a triumphalist Liberal Party led by the child-tormenting religious fruitcake (our Bolsonaro!)Morriscum, will be even more vicious than before. Just desserts, right around the corner, I’m afraid.
What’s that old saying about bolting the stable door after the horse has well and truly scarpered. Regime-change tosh of that kind by the sinking West is now well past its pull-date.
I can see only one chance and it’s more state capitalism in way Chinese are doing it. And strict discipline and self discipline. Idea of “free market” is poison bill given by western powers. To make these former Soviet states slaves.
Stalin was the best ally of western working class people, we must confess it now.
See in full here https://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/default/files/2019-05-14-Political%20Elite%20Renewal.pdf
Chatham House, from the UK, home of the Brexit fiasco and governed by the Tory swine (while organised elite Jewry destroys the largest mass Party in Europe, Corbyn’s Labour, with an insanely mendacious and villainous campaign of outright lying and vilification by entirely false accusations of ‘antisemitism’)lecturing others about ‘good governance’. Tom Lehrer was SO right-satire is DEAD!
Somebody has ‘reported’ whatever they think they already know for the benefit of a client.
A good example, this nonsense from chatham house, that institutionalized public school buggery in the uk leads to buggered thinking and is likely a significant factor in uk decline.
The israeli colonized american right, with their fanatical preference for the “backdoor”, should take note…
Assange is gravely ill..!
The Milosevic Option is in train. I’m not surprised. They have probably poisoned him in Belmarsh. Nice and tidy, then, like Arafat, they’ll claim that he had syphilis, or AIDS, or maybe he was poisoned by Putin with Polonium 210, to keep him from talking. I must apply for that job at the Guardian-I’m a bigger bastard than even I imagined.
”After more than 25 years of independence and protracted, ongoing democratic transitions, post-communist societies continue to struggle with poor-quality governance.”
I must say it’s quite a beautiful pronunciamento, a more honest rendition of it being:
”After more than 25 years of neoliberal squalor, corruption, greed, and plain incompetence, the nations in Eastern Europe are facing terminal prolapse at the hands of Western Democracy.”
These clowns just admitted that their “Color Revolutions” didn’t work, so now they are going to do the same thing again and they expect results to be different.