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Mon, Aug 3, 2020

For Ukraine, endless Putin means endless hybrid war

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent constitutional amendments will allow him to extend his reign until 2036. This undermines faint hopes for an end to the six-year Russo-Ukrainian War.

UkraineAlert by Mark Temnycky

Conflict Defense Policy

Sat, Aug 1, 2020

Kyiv names street in honor of journalist who exposed Stalin’s Ukrainian genocide

Kyiv City Council has confirmed plans to name a street in the Ukrainian capital in honor of British journalist Gareth Jones, who first brought news of Stalin’s 1933 Ukrainian genocide to international audiences.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Disinformation Ukraine

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

The coronavirus crisis and statelessness in Ukraine

For the estimated 35,000 stateless people living in Ukraine, access to even the most basic resources like food, medicine, and hygienic products, has been all but cut off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

UkraineAlert by Andrew D’Anieri

Coronavirus Human Rights

Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Hard political realities threaten Ukraine’s soft power ambitions

The Ukrainian Institute was established in 2018 in order to make the most of the country’s untapped soft power potential, but this cultural diplomacy initiative faces numerous political and bureaucratic obstacles.

UkraineAlert by Marina Pesenti

Civil Society Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Zelenskyy’s bad economics: Inflation and devaluation will not help Ukraine grow

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s policymakers are causing concern by flirting with the dangerous idea that high inflation and substantial currency devaluation can boost economic growth.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Democratic Transitions Economy & Business

Mon, Jul 27, 2020

“Mr. Jones” film exposes the fake news campaign behind Stalin’s Ukrainian genocide

“Mr. Jones” is an important historical drama that sheds long overdue light on Stalin’s man-made famine in 1930’s Ukraine. The famine killed millions but remains relatively unknown among international audiences.

UkraineAlert by Serhii Plokhii

Disinformation Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts go up in smoke

A July 23 arson attack on the home of leading Ukrainian anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin has sparked concerns over the country’s continued commitment to reforms under President Zelenskyy.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Russia’s MH17 web of lies looks set to unravel in court

Ever since flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine in summer 2014, Russia has denied responsibility. However, international efforts to prove Moscow’s guilt have gained momentum in 2020.

UkraineAlert by Georgiy Kent

Conflict Disinformation

Wed, Jul 22, 2020

How to win Ukraine’s long fight for good governance

Ever since 1991, Ukraine has been described as a land of huge potential, but it remains among Europe’s poorest nations. Can President Zelenskyy provide the good governance Ukraine requires to succeed?

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Ukraine’s healthcare system is in critical condition again

After a few years in remission, Ukraine’s health sector is in critical condition once again, with efforts underway to reverse the reform progress achieved in the sector since the 2014 Revolution of Dignity.

UkraineAlert by Judy Twigg

Democratic Transitions Political Reform
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Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Front line communities and Ukraine’s local elections

Ukraine plans to hold nationwide local elections in October 2020, but areas close to the front lines of the conflict with Russia in the east of the country will not participate. How can these regions be best managed?

UkraineAlert by Andreas Umland

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Ukraine must address the legal ambiguity enabling Putin’s not-so-secret war

Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine is one of the world's worst-kept secrets, but a failure to end the legal ambiguity shrouding Russia's role in the ongoing conflict makes progress towards peace impossible.

UkraineAlert by Wayne Jordash

Conflict Disinformation

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Europe must not abandon the new Belarus to Putin

Protests in Belarus over a rigged election have grabbed the world's attention this week. However, this geopolitically important democratic awakening has little chance of success without Western support.

UkraineAlert by Oleksiy Goncharenko

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Zelenskyy’s old new faces

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy came to power in 2019 promising a new era in Ukrainian politics but the recent appointment of figures from the discredited past raises questions about this fresh start.

UkraineAlert by Adrian Karatnycky

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Mon, Aug 10, 2020

Lukashenka vs. democracy: Where is Belarus heading?

Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka is facing the biggest crisis of his 26-year reign as protests erupt over attempts to falsify the country's August 9 presidential election. Can he cling on to power?

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Sun, Aug 9, 2020

Europe’s last dictator: The rise and (possible) fall of Alyaksandr Lukashenka

Alexander Lukashenko has ruled Belarus for 26 years and earned the dubious title of "Europe's last dictator" but his country has experienced a pro-democracy awakening during this year's presidential election campaign.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Thu, Aug 6, 2020

Can new legislation revive Ukraine’s defense reforms?

Ukraine's defense industry has become a major source of state spending since the onset of hostilities with Russia in 2014, but corruption allegations have been a problem. Can new legislation revive reform efforts?

UkraineAlert by Serhiy Piontkovsky

Defense Policy Defense Technologies

Wed, Aug 5, 2020

From dictatorship to democracy: Can Belarus make history on Sunday?

Belarusians go to the polls on Sunday in a presidential vote that is being billed as the biggest challenge to President Lukashenko for 26 years. Will the international community back the country's democratic opposition?

UkraineAlert by Nicolai Khalezin

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Tue, Aug 4, 2020

From Russian war to European opportunity: Reinventing eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region

Putin has place eastern Ukraine's Donbas region at the heart of his "Russian World" mythology, but in reality the region has a cosmopolitan heritage that could help to inspire a new era of European investment.

UkraineAlert by Oleksii Reznikov

Conflict Economy & Business

Mon, Aug 3, 2020

How to overcome Ukraine’s IT industry brain drain

Ukraine’s booming IT industry is fueling the country's economic growth. The future of the sector depends on creating a professional climate that will convince talented young Ukrainian IT professionals to stay.

UkraineAlert by Bill Brown

Entrepreneurship Internet