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Sun, May 24, 2020

Ukraine’s showbiz president shuns mainstream media

Volodymyr Zelenskyy won the Ukrainian presidency with a campaign that positioned him as an everyman alternative to the country’s discredited political elite, but a lack of media engagement now risks undermining his democratic credentials.

UkraineAlert by Tetiana Gaiduk

Democratic Transitions Internet

Thu, May 21, 2020

How societies can fight pandemics and climate change at the same time

While many officials worry about their potential bandwidths to deal with two major problems at the same time, Dr. Aaron Bernstein explained that both crises “share the same causes and that means they share the same solutions.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus

Thu, May 21, 2020

Russo-Ukrainian War: Zelenskyy unable to find path to peace with Putin

President Zelenskyy’s talk of a new approach to peace with Russia proved hugely attractive to the war-weary Ukrainian public in 2019. However, one year on, there is very little to show for this initial optimism.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Conflict Russia

Thu, May 21, 2020

Guatemalan president criticizes US over lack of COVID-19 assistance

“Guatemala is an ally of the United States, but I don’t believe the US is an ally to Guatemala, because they don’t treat us like one,” he said. “We’ve seen how they’ve assisted other countries with ventilators, and we haven’t even gotten a dime from them—not even one single mask from the United States. We don’t feel appreciated.”

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Coronavirus Migration

Thu, May 21, 2020

Will COVID-19 exacerbate or defuse conflicts in the Middle East?

With the virus has come the reshuffling of priorities needed to combat the pandemic, casting new light on these long-running conflicts. On May 20, 2020, the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary A. DiCarlo sat down with the Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative director Barbara Slavin to discuss potential new openings to advance peace in the region.

New Atlanticist by Masoud Mostajabi

Coronavirus Middle East

Thu, May 21, 2020

Iran and the US ‘meet’ again over Afghanistan

Iran has shown a willingness to engage with the US when the time and venue are right.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Afghanistan Iran

Thu, May 21, 2020

Carbon capture and the Allam Cycle: The future of electricity or a carbon pipe(line) dream?

The race to net-zero emissions is an uphill one. Despite the effects of climate change mounting and time running out, global energy demand is set to grow 50 percent by 2050. One solution to decarbonizing the global energy system while also meeting rising natural gas demand is carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). However, CCUS has historically been too expensive to be viable, and deployment remains far off track. Enter the Allam Cycle: a novel natural gas power plant design that can theoretically capture 100 percent of emissions while being cost- and efficiency-competitive with advanced natural gas plants.

EnergySource by David Yellen

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Thu, May 21, 2020

Ukraine’s novice president may yet live up to the hype

Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy has struggled to match the sky high expectations that accompanied his historic 2019 election win, but he has done enough during his first year to suggest he may yet live up to the hype, says Tetiana Popova.

UkraineAlert by Tetiana Popova

Crisis Management Democratic Transitions

Thu, May 21, 2020

Unemployment continues to increase in US; Spain, UK outline gradual opening of travel

New claims for unemployment continued to rise in the United States, which pledged as much as $1.2 billion to secure vaccine shots from AstraZeneca. The UK and Spain outlined early steps in a resumption of domestic travel, while international vacations remain in the balance.

Coronavirus Alert by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus

Wed, May 20, 2020

Ukraine’s road agency head: Vast infrastructure upgrade continues despite pandemic

The coronavirus crisis is creating huge challenges for the global economy and Ukraine is no exception. Nevertheless, the most ambitious construction undertaking in independent Ukraine’s history remains very much on track.

UkraineAlert by Oleksandr Kubrakov

Coronavirus Economy & Business