Thu, Jul 2, 2020

Hezbollah takes control of Lebanon’s judiciary in assault on rule of law

Lebanon is a nation in crisis. Just as Hezbollah is the main cause of the current economic crisis, Hezbollah, through its FPM allies, is also the impetus for the assault on the rule of law. The Hezbollahization of Lebanon must be reversed. Reforming one broken sector in Lebanon without restoring the rule of law—the most foundational pillar of Lebanese society—will play into Hezbollah’s hands, continue the misery of the Lebanese people, and ensure Lebanon’s inevitable failure.

New Atlanticist by Michael D. Barbero

Civil Society Corruption

Mon, Jun 29, 2020

Ukrainian business leaders advocated better economic policy and rule of law: A report card

During his presidency, President Zelenskyy promised to bring major reform to Ukraine. One year on, what reforms have been achieved, and what obstacles remain for Ukraine?

Report by Anders Åslund

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Mon, Jun 22, 2020

What could the prosecution of Petro Poroshenko mean for Ukrainian democracy?

Escalating efforts to prosecute former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko are sparking concerns over the country's continued commitment to democracy under new president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Wed, Jun 10, 2020

Ukraine’s $7 billion Russian gas transit deal at risk amid claims of political pressure

Alleged political pressure targeting Ukraine's recently unbundled gas transmission system operator GTSO is threatening to undo Ukraine's energy sector reforms and derail a multi-billion dollar transit contract with Russia's Gazprom.

UkraineAlert by Aura Sabadus

Corruption Energy Markets & Governance

Wed, May 27, 2020

Herbst quoted by the Washington Post on the risk of Ukraine being drawn into the US election

In the News by Atlantic Council

Corruption Elections

Wed, May 13, 2020

Åslund quoted by The Washington Post on Ukraine’s IMF prospects

In the News by Atlantic Council

Corruption English

Wed, May 13, 2020

Ukraine approves crucial anti-oligarch banking law

Ukrainian MPs have adopted legislation to prevent former owners regaining banks nationalized during recent reforms. The move is a blow to Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoiskiy and paves the way for a new IMF program.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Corruption Economy & Business

Tue, Apr 28, 2020

Guaidó’s National Emergency Government can prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Venezuela

Guaidó’s national emergency government presents a viable solution to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis, and the dictatorship that has decimated the country.

New Atlanticist by Cristina Guevara

Coronavirus Corruption

Tue, Apr 28, 2020

Russian journalists fire back as their Kremlin-picked editor draws a line in the sand

Another source of reliable information for the Russian public is under threat at a time when it’s more needed than ever, with the country looking down the barrel at another sixteen years of Putin’s strongman rule.

New Atlanticist by Doug Klain

Coronavirus Corruption

Fri, Apr 17, 2020

Why strongmen love the coronavirus

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the globe, autocratic governments are finding the crisis to be a useful pretext for strengthening their rule and tightening their grips.

Borscht Belt by Atlantic Council Eurasia Center

Coronavirus Corruption