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Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Ukraine’s top five 2020 reform priorities

The Zelenskyy government has outlined an ambitious reform agenda for 2020 but will they live up to the expectations of an electorate hungry for change? These five key reform areas will give a good indication of the new government’s reformist credentials.

UkraineAlert by Ilona Sologoub

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Mon, Jan 20, 2020

A frozen conflict may be Ukraine’s best option

Many hoped President Zelenskyy’s April 2019 election could break the deadlock in peace talks with Russia. However, it now looks like the best Ukraine can expect is a transition from hot war to frozen conflict. That may not be such a bad outcome, argues James Brooke.

UkraineAlert by James Brooke

Conflict Russia

Mon, Jan 20, 2020

Is Belarus Putin’s next target?

Vladimir Putin has been turning up the pressure on Belarus in recent months as Moscow seeks to move forward with plans to merge the country into a so-called Union State with Russia, but Minsk is proving evasive. Will Belarus be the scene of Putin’s next big foreign policy adventure?

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Belarus Russia

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Startup culture in a frontline city

1991 Mariupol is a new startup hub located a stone’s throw away from the frontlines of Ukraine’s undeclared war with Russia. Can tech innovation create opportunities for young Ukrainians facing an uncertain future due to Kremlin aggression?

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Technology & Innovation Ukraine

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Think again

In a recent National Interest article, George Beebe dismisses US policy on Ukraine as “steeped in illusions” and argues for a “sensible alternative.” It is a nice try, but what he comes up with does not pass muster.

Long Take by John E. Herbst

Conflict NATO

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Putin makes changes as Russia stagnates

With Putin’s presidential term set to end in 2024 and parliamentary elections to take place in late 2021, Medvedev’s resignation and Putin’s proposed changes come at a time when the Russian president is looking to secure a possibly uncertain political future.

UkraineAlert by Michael Newton

Politics & Diplomacy Russia

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Zelenskyy’s vision for Ukrainian national identity

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s New Year 2020 address to the nation was a bold call for unity at a time of acute sensitivity towards issues of national identity – but is Ukraine ready to embrace diversity with country still facing an existential threat from ongoing Russian aggression?

UkraineAlert by Bohdan Nahaylo

Politics & Diplomacy Ukraine

Mon, Jan 13, 2020

Iran plane tragedy proves lessons of MH17 have not been learned

Amid the outpourings of anger and grief over the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane by Iran, the disaster also raises troubling questions about aviation security and the apparent failure to learn from past tragedies of this nature such as the 2014 MH17 attack.

UkraineAlert by Michael Bociurkiw

Conflict Iran

Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Playing for the enemy: The Ukrainian footballers who sign for Russian clubs

Is it appropriate for Ukrainian footballers to play for Russian clubs at a time when the two countries are engaged in the sixth year of an undeclared war? This debate highlights the broader discussion over the nature of ties between the two historically and culturally intertwined post-Soviet nations.

UkraineAlert by Andrew Todos

Civil Society Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jan 9, 2020

President Zelenskyy’s New Year message misreads Ukraine’s patriotic progress

President Zelenskyy used his traditional New Year’s Eve address to celebrate Ukrainian diversity but his attempt to downplay the importance of national symbols was not well-received by Ukrainians who feel increasingly self-confident about their national identity

UkraineAlert by Taras Kuzio

Democratic Transitions Ukraine

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Wed, Dec 4, 2019

US legislators: Washington’s support for Ukraine is still strong

While Ukraine remains a primary feature of intense domestic political struggles, several US lawmakers assured on December 4 that support for Ukraine remains ironclad in Washington.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

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Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Ukraine’s top five 2020 reform priorities

The Zelenskyy government has outlined an ambitious reform agenda for 2020 but will they live up to the expectations of an electorate hungry for change? These five key reform areas will give a good indication of the new government's reformist credentials.

UkraineAlert by Ilona Sologoub

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Mon, Jan 20, 2020

A frozen conflict may be Ukraine’s best option

Many hoped President Zelenskyy's April 2019 election could break the deadlock in peace talks with Russia. However, it now looks like the best Ukraine can expect is a transition from hot war to frozen conflict. That may not be such a bad outcome, argues James Brooke.

UkraineAlert by James Brooke

Conflict Russia

Mon, Jan 20, 2020

Is Belarus Putin’s next target?

Vladimir Putin has been turning up the pressure on Belarus in recent months as Moscow seeks to move forward with plans to merge the country into a so-called Union State with Russia, but Minsk is proving evasive. Will Belarus be the scene of Putin's next big foreign policy adventure?

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Belarus Russia

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Startup culture in a frontline city

1991 Mariupol is a new startup hub located a stone's throw away from the frontlines of Ukraine's undeclared war with Russia. Can tech innovation create opportunities for young Ukrainians facing an uncertain future due to Kremlin aggression?

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Technology & Innovation Ukraine

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Think again

In a recent National Interest article, George Beebe dismisses US policy on Ukraine as “steeped in illusions” and argues for a “sensible alternative.” It is a nice try, but what he comes up with does not pass muster.

Long Take by John E. Herbst

Conflict NATO

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Putin makes changes as Russia stagnates

With Putin’s presidential term set to end in 2024 and parliamentary elections to take place in late 2021, Medvedev’s resignation and Putin’s proposed changes come at a time when the Russian president is looking to secure a possibly uncertain political future.

UkraineAlert by Michael Newton

Politics & Diplomacy Russia

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Zelenskyy’s vision for Ukrainian national identity

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s New Year 2020 address to the nation was a bold call for unity at a time of acute sensitivity towards issues of national identity - but is Ukraine ready to embrace diversity with country still facing an existential threat from ongoing Russian aggression?

UkraineAlert by Bohdan Nahaylo

Politics & Diplomacy Ukraine

Mon, Jan 13, 2020

Iran plane tragedy proves lessons of MH17 have not been learned

Amid the outpourings of anger and grief over the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane by Iran, the disaster also raises troubling questions about aviation security and the apparent failure to learn from past tragedies of this nature such as the 2014 MH17 attack.

UkraineAlert by Michael Bociurkiw

Conflict Iran

Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Playing for the enemy: The Ukrainian footballers who sign for Russian clubs

Is it appropriate for Ukrainian footballers to play for Russian clubs at a time when the two countries are engaged in the sixth year of an undeclared war? This debate highlights the broader discussion over the nature of ties between the two historically and culturally intertwined post-Soviet nations.

UkraineAlert by Andrew Todos

Civil Society Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jan 9, 2020

President Zelenskyy’s New Year message misreads Ukraine’s patriotic progress

President Zelenskyy used his traditional New Year's Eve address to celebrate Ukrainian diversity but his attempt to downplay the importance of national symbols was not well-received by Ukrainians who feel increasingly self-confident about their national identity

UkraineAlert by Taras Kuzio

Democratic Transitions Ukraine