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Thu, Sep 12, 2019

Factbox: Tunisia’s precarious 2019 presidential election

Voting booths open for the Tunisian presidential election this Sunday, September 15, in one of the world’s youngest democracies. Tunisians will be selecting their second president from among twenty-six candidates, including two women, with hopes of a new vision for addressing pressing issues about the economy, security, and political reform. Parliamentary elections follow on October […]

MENASource by Adam Aluzri and Christiana Haynes

Democratic Transitions Elections

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

Russia’s intervention in Venezuela: What’s at stake?

Venezuela is suffering one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in recent memory, Russia has become a key actor that has provided a lifeline of support to Maduro and his cronies. Today, Russia’s efforts to prop up Nicolás Maduro have been a relatively low-cost, but high reward strategy for Moscow to sow further instability in the United States' own hemisphere.

Report by John E. Herbst and Jason Marczak

Democratic Transitions Economic Sanctions

Tue, Sep 3, 2019

US-Taliban negotiations: How to avoid rushing to failure

A major troop withdrawal must be contingent on a final peace. The initial US drawdown should not go so far or so fast that the Taliban believe that they can achieve military victory. In that case, they will not make compromises for peace with other Afghan political forces.

New Atlanticist by James Dobbins, Robert P. Finn, Ronald E. Neumann, William Wood, John Negroponte, E. Anthony Wayne, Ryan Crocker, James Cunningham, Hugo Llorens

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

Thu, Aug 29, 2019

Hudson quoted in the New Humanitarian on Sudan’s transition

In the News by Atlantic Council

Democratic Transitions Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Thu, Aug 22, 2019

Do Arabs want democracy?

Decades of arguments and analysis continue to discuss whether Arab citizens actually want democracy, whether they are “ready” for it, if appropriate conditions exist for democratic rule, and so on. Fortunately, two recent polls offer answers to some of these questions. Their results demonstrate how important Arabs consider the pursuit of democracy to be relative to other national priorities.

MENASource by Richard LeBaron and Leah Hickert

Democratic Transitions Middle East

Tue, Aug 13, 2019

Corruption and courts matter but universities are key

Quality education is essential for innovation, initiatives, and competitiveness that have a direct bearing on economic and national security.

UkraineAlert by Marta Farion

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Thu, Jul 25, 2019

Reagan made history, and Zelenskyy can too. Here’s how.

Zelenskyy would be wise to follow Reagan’s example and be equally bold and decisive in his efforts to improve the lives of ordinary Ukrainians and bring Ukraine to its rightful place in the world.

UkraineAlert by Michael Yurkovich

Democratic Transitions Economy & Business

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, Jul 16, 2019

The US-Colombia partnership: From Venezuela’s crisis to counter-narcotics efforts

The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, in partnership with the United States Institute for Peace, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Latin America Program, and the Inter-American Dialogue, hosted H.E. Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, for a discussion on the future of US-Colombia relations. The conversation was moderated […]

Event Recap by Bryan Wilensky

Colombia Conflict

Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Slavin quoted in USNI News on Iranian succession

In the News by Atlantic Council

Democratic Transitions Iran