Thu, Jul 18, 2019

So you got elected president of Ukraine. Now comes the hard part.

If Zelenskyy musters a non-political government of experts in domestic policy and national security, they will significantly increase the chances that his term will have real impact on the living standards and security of the Ukrainian people.

UkraineAlert by Adrian Karatnycky

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Tue, Apr 23, 2019

Transition challenges for an outsider president

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, elected to Ukraine’s presidency Sunday in a landslide, may be one of the least prepared leaders to head a democracy in world history. Not only is he an outsider, whose main experience of politics has been to play a president in a satirical television program, he has done little to prepare for the job. […]

UkraineAlert by Adrian Karatnycky

Democratic Transitions Elections

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

Zelenskiy wins: What’s next for Ukraine?

The results is "clearly a vote for change," John Herbst says.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions Elections

Adrian Karatnycky is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and managing partner of Myrmidon Group LLC, a New York-based consultancy that works with investors and corporations seeking entry into the complex emerging markets of Ukraine and Eastern Europe. He is a founder and codirector of the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter.

From 1993 to 2004, he was president and executive director of Freedom House, during which time he developed programs of assistance to democratic and human rights movements in Belarus, Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine. At Freedom House he devised a range of long-term comparative analytic surveys of democracy and political reform. For twelve years he directed the benchmark survey Freedom in the World and was co-editor of the annual Nations in Transit study of reform in the post-Communist world.

He is a frequent contributor to Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, and many other periodicals. He is coauthor of three books and coeditor of eight books on Soviet and post-Soviet themes. He’s been an outstanding voice for the Council on events unfolding in Ukraine.