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Wed, Jul 21, 2021

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Belarus’ future and her place in it

“I’m not going to participate in new elections,” Tsikhanouskaya said at the Atlantic Council. Instead, she wants to see a new free and fair election and a self-sustaining democratic movement in Belarus.

UkraineAlert by Doug Klain

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Wed, Jul 21, 2021

Money wars in Belarus

Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka is increasing financial pressure of his domestic opponents. Meanwhile, Western sanctions against his regime continue to mount, leaving Belarus more and more dependent on Russia.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Thu, Jul 15, 2021

Is Kazakhstan experiencing the early stages of a democratic awakening?

While it is too early to speak of a democratic awakening in Kazakhstan, current trends suggest that the country may be moving in that direction. This could have major repercussions for the wider region.

UkraineAlert by Rustam Kypshakbayev

Central Asia Civil Society

Tue, Jul 13, 2021

Ukraine’s Security Service reform plans under threat

Ukrainian MPs will vote on reform of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) later this week, but serious questions remain over the effectiveness of the draft law in its current form.

UkraineAlert by Olena Scherban and Olena Halushka

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Sat, Jul 10, 2021

Will Zelenskyy target all Ukrainian oligarchs equally?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently unveiled plans to curb the political influence of the country's powerful oligarchs, but skeptics question whether he will target oligarch ally Ihor Kolomoisky.

UkraineAlert by David Clark

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Wed, Jul 7, 2021

FAST THINKING: Why the Moïse assassination is Haiti’s worst-case scenario

The murder leaves a power vacuum atop a country battling rampant crime and COVID-19—with no obvious succession plan in place. What’s going on in Haiti and how will it reverberate across the region?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Caribbean Coronavirus

Tue, Jul 6, 2021

UKRAINE AT 30: Europe’s frontline democracy

Ukrainians will celebrate 30 years of independence in summer 2021 with their country serving as the frontline of European democracy following three decades of tumultuous change.

UkraineAlert by Brian Mefford

Democratic Transitions Ukraine

Wed, Jun 30, 2021

For Ukrainians, Euro 2020 resonates beyond football

Ukraine's success at the Euro 2020 European championship is about much more than football as the country struggles to defend itself against Russian imperial aggression and assert an independent identity.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Wed, Jun 23, 2021

Why Putin dare not abandon Belarus dictator Lukashenka

Europe’s last two dictators know that if one should fall, the other will find himself in a perilous position. They may not necessarily like it, but Putin and Lukashenka are now locked in an authoritarian alliance.

UkraineAlert by Jan Pieklo

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Sat, Jun 19, 2021

Ukraine’s choice: corruption or growth

As Ukraine prepares to mark 30 years of independence, it is clear that until corruption is confronted in a comprehensive and decisive manner, it will continue to prevent the country from achieving economic growth.

UkraineAlert by Willem Buiter

Corruption Democratic Transitions