Ferryman Siddique Hawlader (2nd-R), 45, rides his boat on the Buriganga river in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 29, 2023.


Jun 6, 2023

What the new US visa policy for Bangladesh means

By Ali Riaz

The US visa restrictions alone will not guarantee a free and fair election or restore democracy in Bangladesh. However, the new policy sends a loud and clear message.

Bangladesh Democratic Transitions


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 27, 2023

Ukraine must reduce role of state in the economy to boost EU integration

By David Clark

Ukraine has conducted a number of nationalizations as part of the war effort but the state should now be looking to reduce its role in the Ukrainian economy in order to advance the process of EU integration, writes David Clark.

Conflict Corruption


May 25, 2023

Russian narratives ignore real reasons for Western support of Ukraine

By Richard Cashman

Russian attempts to explain away Western support for Ukraine with conspiracy theories and outdated arguments are falling flat as the democratic world continues to oppose Moscow's invasion, writes Richard Cashman.

Conflict Democratic Transitions

In the News

May 24, 2023

Kroenig and Ashford debate the implications of Turkey’s elections

On May 19, Foreign Policy published its biweekly "It's Debatable" column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and Emma Ashford assessing the latest news in international affairs.

Democratic Transitions Elections

In the News

May 23, 2023

Ahmad in Foreign Policy: It’s time to recognize the Taliban

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

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 1, 2023

To stop the fighting in Sudan, take away the generals’ money

By Ernst Jan “EJ” Hogendoorn

It is not enough to simply call for a ceasefire and a return to negotiations because those outcomes could reestablish the fraught balance of power.

Africa Arms Control

In the News

Apr 27, 2023

Charai in Al Jazeera

By Atlantic Council

Ahmed Charai is a Moroccan publisher and an Atlantic Council Board Director. He is also an international counselor of the Center for a Strategic and International Studies, a board of trustees member of International Crisis Group, and a member of the Advisory Board of The Center for the National Interest in Washington and Global Board […]

Democratic Transitions International Norms

In the News

Apr 26, 2023

Charai in The National Interest

By Atlantic Council

The United States has left a vacuum in Africa and now its rivals have rushed in. It is not too late for America to offer the African continent what it really wants: peace, prosperity, recognition, and democracy. Ahmed Charai is a Moroccan publisher and an Atlantic Council Board Director. He is also an international counselor […]

Democratic Transitions International Norms