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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 7, 2020

After months of gridlock, Iraq gets a new government

Iraq’s months-long quest to form a national government reached a major milestone on May 6 when a partial government under new prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was approved by lawmakers. Al-Kadhimi—who previously served as Iraq’s national intelligence chief—was nominated by Iraqi President Barham Salih on April 9 after two previous nominees failed to form a government. Although fifteen of the major cabinet posts were approved by the parliament, several others have not yet been confirmed—including foreign affairs, justice, oil, agriculture, and trade—due to failure to reach an agreement between major parties on their allocation.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Democratic Transitions Iraq

Sun, May 3, 2020

Zelenskyy fails to deliver on promise of a new beginning

Volodymyr Zelenskyy won the Ukrainian presidency in spring 2019 as a political outsider promising an end to decades of corrupt government. One year on, Ukrainians are still waiting for evidence of this fight against corruption.

UkraineAlert by David Clark

Democratic Transitions Populism

Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Ukraine must continue electoral reform in 2020

Ukraine's fledgling democracy has made huge progress in recent years, but further reform of the country's Election Code is urgently required ahead of October's planned local elections, argues Harald Jepsen.

UkraineAlert by Harald Jepsen

Democratic Transitions Elections