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In Osteuropa 1-2/2020

Eastern European future research
Knowledge as orientation and not as an accessory to politics

Andreas Heinemann-Grüder

Deutsche Fassung


The war in Ukraine revealed a crisis of expertise that has still not been overcome. Eastern European studies should ask questions about social cohesion and the potential for conflict, about the dynamics of cultural processes and the way that regimes operate and function. It is an overriding topic of interest how political regimes stabilise and reproduce, how regimes and social actors regard each other and what power configurations emerge in international relations. New knowledge only becomes effective when it contributes to decision-making and when it is made known to the general public.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2020, pp. 165–178)