Jun 8, 2023

Can Russia be held accountable for the destruction of the Kakhovka dam?

By Danielle Johnson

Initial analysis indicates that Russia deliberately destroyed the Kakhovka dam in what would qualify as one of Moscow's worst war crimes in Ukraine, but holding the Kremlin accountable will prove extremely difficult, writes Danielle Johnson.

Civil Society Conflict


Jun 1, 2023

The fight against courtroom corruption continues in wartime Ukraine

By Olena Halushka

Despite the existential challenges created by Russia's full-scale invasion, Ukraine continues to make progress toward the reform of the country's deeply discredited judicial system, writes Olena Halushka.

Civil Society Conflict


May 30, 2023

Ukraine’s Diia platform sets the global gold standard for e-government

By Anatoly Motkin

Ukraine's Diia app is widely seen as the world's first next-generation e-government platform, and is credited with implementing what many see as a more human-centric government service model, writes Anatoly Motkin.

Civil Society Conflict


May 23, 2023

China, Iran, Belarus, and Armenia all fear a Russian defeat in Ukraine

By Taras Kuzio

China, Iran, Belarus, and Armenia all have different motivations for backing the Kremlin, but they are united by a common fear of what a Russian defeat in Ukraine might mean for their own countries, writes Taras Kuzio.

Belarus China

Atlantic Debrief

May 23, 2023

#AtlanticDebrief – How has Poland’s support for Ukrainian refugees helped Ukraine’s war effort? | A Debrief with Oksana Nechyporenko

For a special Warsaw Week episode of #AtlanticDebrief, Aaron Korewa sits down with Oksana Nechyporenko, Head of the Board, GoGlobal NGO, Co-Founder Masha Foundation & savED Foundation to discuss the humanitarian aspect of the war in Ukraine.

Central Europe Civil Society

In the News

May 19, 2023

Quirk in Just Security on adapting the US strategy towards hybrid regimes

On May 17, Scowcroft Strategy Initiative Nonresident Senior Fellow Patrick Quirk co-authored a piece for Just Security on the importance of developing a US strategy towards hybrid regimes that promotes US interests whilst remaining steadfast in the US' commitments to democratic values.

Africa Americas


May 18, 2023

New Bernard Henri-Lévy documentary challenges Ukraine fatigue

By Melinda Haring, Jacob Heilbrunn

For anyone seeking to make sense of Russia’s war in Ukraine, viewing French public intellectual Bernard Henri-Lévy’s new feature-length documentary “Slava Ukraini” (“Glory to Ukraine”) isn’t an option. It’s a must.

Civil Society Conflict
A banner reading “Putin War Criminal” hangs from the wall of Estonia’s Narva Fortress in the direction of Russia, as the neighboring Russian city of Ivangorod hosts a Victory Day concert in the direction of Narva, May 9, 2023. (Source: Reuters/Janis Laizans)

New Atlanticist

May 12, 2023

Russian War Report: Russia wages an invisible war with radar waves and Russian music across borders

By Digital Forensic Research Lab

Russian surveillance has increased on Ukraine's border. Meanwhile a museum in Estonia hung a large poster depicting Putin as a war criminal.

Civil Society Conflict


May 11, 2023

How the women and girls of Iran have fueled their ‘unprecedented’ protests: Bravery, solidarity, and innovation

By Atlantic Council

Three recipients of the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership Award examined the antigovernment protests in Iran and the decades-long fight for gender equality and social justice in the country.

Civil Society Iran


May 10, 2023

After a failed coalition effort, where is the Iranian opposition headed?

By Arash Azizi

Cracks within the Iranian opposition coalition were visible from the outset, with much of the division revolving around former Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi’s persona.

Civil Society Iran