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Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Zelenskyy’s old new faces

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy came to power in 2019 promising a new era in Ukrainian politics but the recent appointment of figures from the discredited past raises questions about this fresh start.

UkraineAlert by Adrian Karatnycky

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Mon, Aug 10, 2020

Lukashenka vs. democracy: Where is Belarus heading?

Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka is facing the biggest crisis of his 26-year reign as protests erupt over attempts to falsify the country's August 9 presidential election. Can he cling on to power?

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Sun, Aug 9, 2020

Europe’s last dictator: The rise and (possible) fall of Alyaksandr Lukashenka

Alexander Lukashenko has ruled Belarus for 26 years and earned the dubious title of "Europe's last dictator" but his country has experienced a pro-democracy awakening during this year's presidential election campaign.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Wed, Aug 5, 2020

From dictatorship to democracy: Can Belarus make history on Sunday?

Belarusians go to the polls on Sunday in a presidential vote that is being billed as the biggest challenge to President Lukashenko for 26 years. Will the international community back the country's democratic opposition?

UkraineAlert by Nicolai Khalezin

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Zelenskyy’s bad economics: Inflation and devaluation will not help Ukraine grow

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s policymakers are causing concern by flirting with the dangerous idea that high inflation and substantial currency devaluation can boost economic growth.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Democratic Transitions Economy & Business

Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts go up in smoke

A July 23 arson attack on the home of leading Ukrainian anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin has sparked concerns over the country's continued commitment to reforms under President Zelenskyy.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Wed, Jul 22, 2020

How to win Ukraine’s long fight for good governance

Ever since 1991, Ukraine has been described as a land of huge potential, but it remains among Europe's poorest nations. Can President Zelenskyy provide the good governance Ukraine requires to succeed?

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Ukraine’s healthcare system is in critical condition again

After a few years in remission, Ukraine’s health sector is in critical condition once again, with efforts underway to reverse the reform progress achieved in the sector since the 2014 Revolution of Dignity.

UkraineAlert by Judy Twigg

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Event recap: “The role of victims in Afghanistan’s peace process”

On July 20, 2020 the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted a panel discussion on the role of victims in Afghanistan’s peace process. Marika Theros, a nonresident senior fellow at the South Asia Center, moderated the discussion which was paneled by Shaharzad Akbar, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission; Sergio Jamarillo Caro, Former High Commissioner for Peace for Colombia; and Hadi Marifat, Executive Director of the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization.

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Belarus presidential vote: Ukrainian MPs join calls for democratic breakthrough

The August 9 presidential election in Belarus promises to have major geopolitical ramifications for the entire region. A cross-party group of Ukrainian MPs has formed an association to support democracy in Belarus ahead of the vote.

UkraineAlert by Oleksiy Goncharenko

Belarus Democratic Transitions