Sun, May 24, 2020

Ukraine’s showbiz president shuns mainstream media

Volodymyr Zelenskyy won the Ukrainian presidency with a campaign that positioned him as an everyman alternative to the country's discredited political elite, but a lack of media engagement now risks undermining his democratic credentials.

UkraineAlert by Tetiana Gaiduk

Democratic Transitions Internet

Thu, May 21, 2020

Ukraine’s novice president may yet live up to the hype

Ukraine's President Zelenskyy has struggled to match the sky high expectations that accompanied his historic 2019 election win, but he has done enough during his first year to suggest he may yet live up to the hype, says Tetiana Popova.

UkraineAlert by Tetiana Popova

Crisis Management Democratic Transitions

Mon, May 18, 2020

Zelenskyy’s first year: New beginning or false dawn?

Volodymyr Zelenskyy generated a wave of optimism when he became Ukraine’s sixth president on May 20, 2019. One year on, it is not clear whether his presidency will prove to be genuinely transformational or just another false dawn.

UkraineAlert by Steven Pifer

Democratic Transitions Ukraine

Mon, May 18, 2020

Afghan power sharing deal breaks Kabul’s political impasse and raises hope for unity

With the tentative peace deal under fire, continuing havoc wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic, and a looming US troop withdrawal, the breakthrough in the Afghan government’s political deadlock which emerged on May 15 will undoubtedly be welcomed by many in Afghanistan and the international community.

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Conflict

Mon, May 18, 2020

Ukrainians reject modern Russia’s WWII victory cult as geopolitical divide deepens

A nationwide survey conducted on the eve of this year's WWII anniversary events found that a clear majority of Ukrainians now blame the USSR together with the Nazis for sparking the Second World War.

UkraineAlert by Victor Tregubov

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Fri, May 15, 2020

Why I’m optimistic Georgia’s reforms can change Ukraine

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili explains why he believes his experience reforming Georgia can help Ukraine accomplish its own post-Soviet transition towards European prosperity.

UkraineAlert by Mikheil Saakashvili

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Tue, May 12, 2020

Can Saakashvili rescue Ukraine’s reform agenda?

President Zelenskyy has appointed former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili to lead Ukraine's National Reform Council. What might this appointment mean for the country's stuttering reform agenda?

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Tue, May 12, 2020

Zelenskyy’s spring 2020 purge targets reformers

Ukraine's President Zelenskyy won election one year ago by promising to end decades of government corruption, but a spring 2020 purge of leading Ukrainian reformers raises grave doubts over the country's future direction.

UkraineAlert by Victor Tregubov

Democratic Transitions Rule of Law

Thu, May 7, 2020

Nooruddin joins Caveat to discuss what makes a good democracy

In the News by Atlantic Council

Democratic Transitions Elections

Thu, May 7, 2020

Nicaragua’s response to COVID-19 endangers not only its own people, but also its neighbors

Nicaragua’s reckless response to COVID-19 puts an already fragile Central America at risk and should worry the international community. In the fight against this global pandemic, Nicaragua and Costa Rica provide a clear example of how one country’s flawed response to the virus can drastically impact its neighboring countries

New Atlanticist by Maria Fernanda Perez Arguello and Isabel Kennon

Coronavirus Democratic Transitions


Thu, May 28, 2020

Mikheil Saakashvili: One last chance to change Ukraine?

ONLINE EVENT - As former Georgian president and Odesa governor Mikheil Saakashvili returns to Ukraine's political scene with his recent appointment to head Ukraine's National Reform Council, his past work and future plans have created an air of expectation and uncertainty in Kyiv.