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Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Zelenskyy resurrects his reformist credentials as coronavirus crisis looms

March 30 was a big day for Ukraine with major changes in parliament that reversed the anti-reform backlash underway in the country since March 4 and provided President Zelenskyy with fresh political momentum as the coronavirus crisis escalates.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Coronavirus Democratic Transitions

Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Q&A: Where is President Zelenskyy leading Ukraine?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's surprise decision to dismiss his reformist government in early March raised fundamental questions over the future direction of the country. Atlantic Council experts explore what it could mean for Ukraine.

UkraineAlert by Adair Appleton and Adrian Hoefer

Democratic Transitions Ukraine

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Two historic votes for Ukraine

In an emergency session as the country grapples with the coronavirus crisis, Ukraine's parliament has voted for two bills that will open the way to new financing from the IMF and other international partners.

UkraineAlert by Iuliia Mendel

Democratic Transitions International Financial Institutions

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus comes to Sudan

Not yet one year into a historic political transition and in the midst of an economic collapse, Sudan’s future was already hanging in the balance. The addition of a national and global public health crisis now has the potential for a ‘make or break’ impact on the country.

AfricaSource by Cameron Hudson

Africa Coronavirus

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

US cuts Afghan aid: Will it bring peace closer?

Recent weeks have seen Afghanistan politically paralyzed with both Ghani and Abdullah setting up parallel governments in Kabul, after both claimed victory in the September 2019 presidential elections. Secretary Pompeo attempted to push the Afghan government(s) towards talks with the Taliban and failed.

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

EU greenlights North Macedonia and Albania membership talks: Breakthrough or symbolic gesture?

"The decision by the EU foreign ministers to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania comes at a time when Europe is battling a major public health crisis and is bracing for its economic aftershocks," Dimitar Bechev says. "Keeping enlargement alive speaks volumes about the union’s ability to muddle through."

New Atlanticist by Jörn Fleck

Democratic Transitions European Union

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

African elections in the time of coronavirus

African elections slated for 2020 are already being affected by COVID-19, with the potential for delays and disruptions to have significant impact on election credibility, political trust, and adherence to term limits across the continent.

AfricaSource by Luke Tyburski

Africa Coronavirus

Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Mr. and Mrs. Zelenskyy trip up on gender roles again

Why does everything in the private sphere depend on Ukraine’s amazing women yet again?

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Democratic Transitions Ukraine

Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Understanding India’s citizenship controversy

Understanding the full importance of India’s citizenship controversy requires deeper attention to the uncertainty regarding citizenship rights across the country, the potential risk of statelessness unfolding in the north-eastern border state of Assam, how state and federal levels of government are grappling with citizenship issues, and the global and regional implications of recent political developments in India.

New Atlanticist by Rudabeh Shahid and Champa Patel

Bangladesh Democratic Transitions

Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Azerbaijan’s strongman senses opportunity in coronavirus pandemic

While many countries are scrambling to protect the public from COVID-19, authorities in Azerbaijan are using the virus as a pretext to continue their harassment of opposition groups.

New Atlanticist by Doug Klain

Civil Society Coronavirus