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StrategEast Westernization Index

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The StrategEast Westernization Index measures the rate of Westernization – compliance with the basic Western values – in public and political life, economy, culture, and lifestyle, and covers all post-Soviet countries, except the Russian Federation. The research was conducted and published in 2018 by StrategEast, a US-based organization.[1][2]

About Strategic center for political and diplomatic solutions[edit]

StrategEast is a Washington-based think and do tank. StrategEast work is focused on the 14 countries, which proclaimed or restored their independence after the collapse of the USSR: Armenia, Azerbaijan,[3] Belarus,[4] Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,[5] Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova,[6] Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine,[7] and Uzbekistan.[8]

To designate this region, StrategEast uses the abbreviation PSNR (Post Soviet Non-Russian).[9]

StartegEast’s proclamed goal is to create closer working ties between political and business leaders in PSNR countries and their peers in the U.S. and Western Europe.[10]

Founder and President - Anatoly Motkin

CEO - Amb. Michael Brodsky

Advisory Board

Horton Beebe-Center, Eurasia Foundation

Michael Haltzel, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Daniel A. Witt, International Tax and Investment Center[11]


The center analyzed the development of 14 countries of the post-Soviet non-Russian region (PSNR) in five categories. It considered political, economic, legal, language, and cultural westernization as well as the westernization of the country's lifestyles.[12] According to the center, it decided to not study Russia for this analysis because it wants to focus on smaller countries who have received less attention than Russia in similar international studies. The third President of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, in his foreword to the Westernization Index says: “…The study deeply analyzes the factors that contribute to the development of countries in the transition period, and gives the West recipes - how to most effectively support institutions that steadily serve the interests of the inhabitants of the region."[13]



StrategEast Westernization Index 2018 [14]
Rank Country Score
1  Estonia 93
2  Lithuania 85
3  Latvia 82
4  Georgia 62
5  Moldova 56
6  Ukraine 54
7  Armenia 48,5
8  Kazakhstan 39,5
9  Azerbaijan 37
10  Kyrgyzstan 37
11  Belarus 31,5
12  Uzbekistan 29,5
13  Tajikistan 19,5
14  Turkmenistan 17,5


  1. "Georgia - the fourth in the "Westernization Index-2018"". Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  2. "StrategEast launches new index measuring Western transition in post-Soviet states".
  3. "Американцы объявили Азербайджан прагматиком - не наш рейтинг".
  4. "Беларусь заняла 11 место в индексе вестернизации постсоветских стран, попав в группу "балансирующих прагматиков"".
  5. "Рейтинг: самые прозападные страны Центральной Азии".
  6. "Молдова является "декларативно про-западной" в Индексе Вестернизации постсоветских стран".
  7. "Украину назвали "декларативно прозападной" в Индексе вестернизации постсоветских стран".
  8. "Article".
  9. "Ukraine less westernized than Baltic States, Moldova, Georgia - research |". 2018-04-06.
  10. "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?".
  11. "Board of Directors".
  12. "Report: Estonia most westernized country among former Soviet republics". 2018-04-30.
  13. "Новый "Индекс Вестернизации постсоветских стран": Латвия на третьем месте".
  14. "StrategEast Westernization Index 2018" (PDF).

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