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Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Servant of the people or servant of the oligarchs?

The president’s response is appropriate in a country with an operating rule of law. But in Ukraine, with an unreformed judiciary, this is a complete cop out.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Financial Regulation Fiscal and Structural Reform

Wed, Oct 9, 2019

Real talk on Kyiv’s talks with Moscow

Ukraine must devise its bargaining position, and anticipate Russia’s, or it will be devoured in upcoming talks, left to the mercy of Putin as well as of France and Germany, both co-opted by Putin.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Gontareva: “Too many have sacrificed and died to let oligarchs run the country again.”

Support for the National Bank of Ukraine and Gontareva from the West has been overwhelming, but if Zelenskyy cannot take on Kolomoisky, then his landmark election and reform agenda will be added to the trash heap of failed Ukrainian presidents and support for the country will erode.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Civil Society Corruption

Diane Francis is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. She is an award-winning columnist, bestselling author, investigative journalist, and television commentator. She writes pieces for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, POLITICO, the World Post, the Miami Herald, and is a regular contributor to the New York Post. She is editor-at-large at Canada’s National Post and writes for the US Edition of the Huffington Post. She is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera America and CCTV-America (China TV). She is also adjunct faculty with Singularity University in Mountain View California, a distinguished professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, and has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. In 1991, she became editor of Canada’s Financial Post, the first woman editor of a national daily newspaper in Canada, a position she held until the paper was sold in 1998.

Ms. Francis is an expert on Silicon Valley, future technology, geopolitics, energy, business, and white-collar crime, and has written ten books covering government corruption, business fraud, money laundering, politics, immigration, and economics. Her most recent book, Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country, posits that both countries should combine in order to combat Russia, China, and the Asian Tigers’ emerging economies

She has traveled and covered major news events including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the dismantling of the Soviet Union, Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, the biggest boiler room stock fraud in Amsterdam, Mandela’s ascension to power in South Africa, the Colombian cocaine trade, and the Quebec referendum on separation from Canada, to name some highlights.

She divides her time between New York City and Toronto, where she is active on various charitable and corporate boards.