Resident Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center
TopicsGlobal Business & Economics
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May 23, 2019After Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s landslide victory, Ukraine is in a regime change situation, whether we call it so or not. The previous administration carried out great economic reforms, but the country’s law enforcement and judicial system remain predatory. What Ukraine needs…
May 07, 2019Putin’s Ability to Stash Money in US Banks and Real Estate is a ‘Strategic Danger,’ Warns US Sen. WhitehouseIn his new book, Atlantic Council’s Anders Åslund says the United States Should Demand Transparency The ability for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his oligarch allies to hide money in banks and real estate in the United States is “a…
May 06, 2019Vladimir Putin’s regime is much easier to understand than it might first appear. In October 1939, Winston Churchill famously stated that Russia “is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is…
April 26, 2019Construction is booming in Kyiv, Ukraine, but not the rest of the economy. A major reason is that Ukrainians with some extra savings do not put their money into banks but buy additional apartments instead. Others keep their savings in…
April 22, 2019Following his landslide election as president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy must now turn his attention to following through on much-needed economic and anti-corruption reforms, all while continuing to confront Russia in Ukraine’s east and the illegal occupation of Crimea. The…
Anders Åslund is a senior fellow in the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. He is a leading specialist on economic policy in Russia, Ukraine, and East Europe.
Dr. Åslund has served as an economic adviser to several governments, notably the governments of Russia (199-94) and Ukraine (1994-97). He is a member of the Academy of the Natural Sciences of the Russian Federation, chairman of the Advisory Council of the Center for Social and Economic Research, Warsaw, and chairman of the Scientific Council of the Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition.
He has published widely and is the author of fifteen books, most recently Russia’s Crony Capitalism: The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy (Yale UP, 2019), with Simeon Djankov, Europe’s Growth Challenge (OUP 2017), and Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It (2015). Other books of his are How Capitalism Was Built (CUP 2013)). He has also edited sixteen books.
He is a non-executive director of the Ukrainian state railways. He earned his PhD from Oxford University. He was a professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and the founding director of the Stockholm Institute of East European Economics. He served as a Swedish diplomat in Kuwait, Poland, Geneva, and Moscow. He has also worked at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Brookings Institution, and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He is fluent in Swedish, Russian, German, Polish, and French.