Counter-Terror Drive in Waziristan Has Dislodged, Not Destroyed, Militants, Says Shuja Nawaz
The killing by Pakistanâs Taliban of more than 140 people, mostly children, at a school is likely to âprovide some glue for a consensus [in Pakistan] that you cannot negotiate with terrorist groups,â according to Atlantic Council South Asia specialist Shuja Nawaz. The assault, in northwestern Pakistan, shocked the South Asian nation and drew international condemnation.
Atlantic Council Analyst Lists Whom to Watch in the Battle to Improve Governance and Economy
Ukraineâs overhauled cabinet lineup, now complete, offers clues to the new leadershipâs seriousness and competence for its critical task of reforms. For a government that must decentralize governance, make official transactions transparent, prosecute and prevent graft, rebuild its finances, resuscitate its economyâand fight a war against Russiaâthe good news is that the Cabinet includes many new faces and is heavily loaded with real-world business experience.
'Freedom Support Act' Authorizes, But Does Not Require, Arms Sales to Ukraine
In passing its bill to boost US support for Ukraine last week, Congress left President Barack Obama largely free to decide how and when to apply its provisions â and that flexibility is one reason Obama has chosen to sign the act, even though it includes measures he has resisted, Atlantic Council analysts say.
Small Steps for a Small Country Could Strengthen Europe Against Russiaâs Assaults
In the shadow of Ukraineâs war for true independence from Russia, the small country of Moldova is entering a critical chapter of its parallel struggle. Frustrated Moldovan voters last month reelected their pro-democratic government, but also delivered a warning that concrete economic and anti-corruption reforms must begin immediately. The United States should take four easy (and mostly inexpensive) steps to help Moldova and thereby strengthen the rest of Europe against the aggressive policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Poroshenkoâs Team Creates a Government Agency in 60 Hours; Critics Ask if This Is the Way to Counter Kremlin Propaganda
President Petro Poroshenkoâs government created a Ministry of Information Policy last week in sixty hours from first proposal to parliamentary approvalâand did so over the objections of pro-reform legislators, journalists, and democracy activists.
Pro-Democracy Activists Join Parliamentâand the Battle for Ukraine's Future
The new parliament and political leadership taking office in Ukraine includes members of an energetic, young class of leaders who have emerged from last yearâs Maidan movement, with its demands for greater democracy and an end to massive political corruption. Our colleagues at the National Democratic Institute this week produced a short video on the dramatic journey of three of these leaders. It's worth the six minutes to watch.
Anti-Corruption Journalist Who Ran for Office Says Poroshenko Has Stifled Dissent Within the New Government
Serhiy Leshchenko, age thirty-four, is a Kyiv-based investigative journalist and blogger who has been deputy chief editor of Ukrainska Pravda, the countryâs most prominent independent news website. After supporting last yearâs pro-democracy Maidan movement, he opted this year to run for parliament as an anti-corruption candidate of the party that backs President Petro Poroshenko.
As one of a crop of new legislators pledged to root out graft that has given Ukraine the worst corruption rating in Europe according to Transparency International, Leshchenko wrote an essay to Ukrainians about his parliamentary experience on December 6.
Atlantic Council's Bharath Gopalaswamy: 'Russia is keen to demonstrate that it has friends in other parts of the world'
The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on December 11 sought to re-energize a relationship between two nations which had its peak during the Cold War.