People/Melinda Haring

  • Is This the End of Mikheil Saakashvili in Ukraine?

    Today opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili was deported to Poland. For months he has been leading protests outside of Ukraine's parliament, urging President Petro Poroshenko to resign. The Saakashvili drama has been ongoing; last year he was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship and then reentered the country illegally. In December, he was arrested and then broke free.

    We asked Atlantic Council experts and UkraineAlert friends the following questions: Have we seen the end of Saakashvili’s days as a Ukrainian politician? What does the process of deporting an opposition politician after stripping him of citizenship say about the health of Ukraine’s democracy? Is Saakashvili a special case, or does his deportation send a signal to opposition leaders and civil society groups that they are next? 

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  • Q&A: Will We Ever Get to the Bottom of Russian Hacking in the US Election?

    President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey on May 9. Comey had been leading a criminal investigation into whether Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to influence the results of the 2016 presidential election. Trump justified the firing by pointing to the way Comey handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, although many talking heads don’t buy it. Comey’s firing has set off huge fights on the right and left, and some analysts see a coming crisis. Stepping back from the domestic fray, we asked Atlantic Council experts and UkraineAlert contributors the following question: what does Comey’s firing mean for getting to the bottom of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election? Is it a step forward or back, and what should we be watching for?

    Jeffrey Gedmin, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and Senior Adviser at Blue Star...

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