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Tue, Jun 9, 2020

US-Iraq strategic talks not just about security issues, says Iraqi former foreign minister

Mohamed Ali Alhakim said the upcoming process is a necessary, long-planned step in ongoing bilateral ties between Baghdad and Washington. But he took pains to call the process a dialogue involving the US government and the sovereign state of Iraq, one which will define the Pentagon’s future presence in Iraq as well as non-military aspects of the relationship including education, energy, culture, trade, and foreign investment.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Conflict Coronavirus

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

Farcical Putin referendum confirms Russia-Ukraine geopolitical divorce

Russia’s farcical Putin referendum in many ways confirms the country’s geopolitical divorce from democratic Ukraine and underlines the growing distance between two countries that were once widely seen as virtually indivisible.

UkraineAlert by Victor Tregubov

Democratic Transitions Russia

Mon, Jun 8, 2020

Hudson joins the Newsmakers to discuss the UN’s new peacebuilding mission in Sudan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Democratic Transitions

Wed, Jun 3, 2020

Hudson quoted in Bloomberg on Sudan’s search for revenue sources to pay 1998 embassy bombing settlement

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Democratic Transitions

Wed, Jun 3, 2020

Bringing startup culture to the Ukrainian parliament

Bringing startup culture to Ukrainian politics: 34-year-old Kira Rudik is a Ukrainian IT industry superstar who entered parliament last summer and now leads the country’s reformist Holos Party.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Democratic Transitions Technology & Innovation

Mon, Jun 1, 2020

The role of Russia and the Russian language in post-Karimov Uzbekistan

Hardening on language policy at the expense of the Russian language is a significant reversal from Karimov’s tacit encouragement of pluralism.

New Atlanticist by Jennifer Murtazashvili

Central Asia Democratic Transitions

Fri, May 29, 2020

Afghanistan needs a settlement

Sitting at a new crossroads, Afghanistan is once again tilting between an opportunity to take the path to peace and a political settlement—hard as it may seem—or to bounce back on the path of more violence and conflict with no end in sight.

New Atlanticist by Omar Samad

Afghanistan Conflict

Tue, May 26, 2020

Ukrainian local elections: Will Zelenskyy win again?

Ukraine will hold local elections in October 2020. This will be the first big test for President Zelenskyy and his Servant of the People party since landslide victories in 2019's presidential and parliamentary votes.

UkraineAlert by Mykola Vorobiov

Democratic Transitions Elections

Tue, May 26, 2020

Expert panel briefs Congressional staffers on Sudan

On Tuesday, May 26, the Africa Center hosted a closed Sudan briefing for Congressional staffers who are currently at work on several important pieces of Sudan-related legislation. The private briefing featured remarks from Sudanese Minister of Finance H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Elbadawi and Sudanese Minister of Justice H.E. Nasredeen Abdulbari, followed by an expert panel of DC-based Sudan experts.

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Transitions

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