Diane Francis

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center

Diane Francis

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European Energy Security, Global Business & Economics, Technology, US Energy Policy

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  • July 28, 2017
    Hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stripped Mikheil Saakashvili of his citizenship to silence him, the former president of Georgia was on CNN in New York City badmouthing the oligarchy.Poroshenko’s latest attack on the anti-corruption movement will backfire as Saakashvili
  • July 19, 2017
    Imagine if, on June 14, Ukraine launched its first independent anti-corruption court and began hearing dozens of cases against people in high places.Imagine if, by mid-July, several oligarchs and public officials were convicted of corruption, and their assets confiscated.Unfortunately, neither
  • July 10, 2017
    Kyiv had a very good week. On July 9, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that sanctions against Russia will remain in place until the Kremlin takes the first step to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine. And on July
  • July 05, 2017
    The unfinished concrete block house outside Kyiv is home to twenty-three refugees who were evacuated from the war in Ukraine. They share one bathroom, one kitchen, one television, and sleep on bunkbeds on its second floor. Furnishings are makeshift, the
  • June 30, 2017
    Lviv is Ukraine’s most beautiful city, an exquisite UNESCO World Heritage site that has survived attacks and changed hands for seven centuries.The city is a successful IT hub and its hotels, restaurants, and architecture attract 2.5 million visitors a year.
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Diane Francis is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. She is an award-winning columnist, bestselling author, investigative journalist, and television commentator. She writes pieces for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, POLITICO, the World Post, the Miami Herald, and is a regular contributor to the New York Post. She is editor-at-large at Canada's National Post and writes for the US Edition of the Huffington Post. She is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera America and CCTV-America (China TV). She is also adjunct faculty with Singularity University in Mountain View California, a distinguished frofessor at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management, and has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. In 1991, she became editor of Canada's Financial Post, the first woman editor of a national daily newspaper in Canada, a position she held until the paper was sold in 1998.

Ms. Francis is an expert on Silicon Valley, future technology, geopolitics, energy, business, and white collar crime, and has written ten books covering government corruption, business fraud, money laundering, politics, immigration, and economics. Her most recent book, Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country, posits that both countries should combine in order to combat Russia, China, and the Asian Tigers' emerging economies

She has traveled and covered major news events including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the dismantling of the Soviet Union, Ukraine's Orange Revolution, the biggest boiler room stock fraud in Amsterdam, Mandela's ascension to power in South Africa, the Colombian cocaine trade, and the Quebec referendum on separation from Canada, to name some highlights.

She divides her time between New York City and Toronto, where she is active on various charitable and corporate boards.