Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Roberts on the myth of the Chinese middle class and the rural-urban divide in China

Dexter Tiff Roberts, nonresident senior fellow at the Asia Security Initiative and a veteran China journalist, was interviewed on his book The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: The Worker, the Factory, and the Future of the World by CityMetric, a sister publication of the British magazine the New Statesman. The discussion centers on one of the […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Democratic Transitions

Fri, Jul 3, 2020

Minsk Maidan? Belarus facing summer of discontent

Belarus has been an international backwater for much of the past 25 years, but it may soon find itself thrust into the geopolitical spotlight as tensions mount ahead of the country's August 9 presidential election.

UkraineAlert by Victor Tregubov

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Mon, Jun 29, 2020

Ukrainian business leaders advocated better economic policy and rule of law: A report card

During his presidency, President Zelenskyy promised to bring major reform to Ukraine. One year on, what reforms have been achieved, and what obstacles remain for Ukraine?

Report by Anders Åslund

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Fri, Jun 26, 2020

The Sudan Partnership Conference: A turning point for Sudan?

The world came to Berlin yesterday (at least virtually) as part of a United Nations, European Union, and German government-sponsored “Partners Forum for Sudan.” By all accounts, it was a triumph, and potentially a turning point, for the fragile transitional civilian government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, pulling in an announced $1.8 billion in assistance to Sudan.

AfricaSource by Cameron Hudson

Africa Democratic Transitions

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Event Recap: H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah discusses peace talks in Afghanistan with USIP

On June 24, 2020, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted an online conversation with former Afghan Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. His recent appointment as Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Chairman resolves a longstanding dispute over the 2019 presidential election results and paves the way for the upcoming intra-Afghan negotiations, which will be overseen by the HCNR.

Event Recaps by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

Mon, Jun 22, 2020

What could the prosecution of Petro Poroshenko mean for Ukrainian democracy?

Escalating efforts to prosecute former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko are sparking concerns over the country's continued commitment to democracy under new president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Mon, Jun 15, 2020

Zelenskyy keeps Ukraine on Euro-Atlantic course set by predecessor Poroshenko

Ukraine's President Zelenskyy has been highly critical of his predecessor Petro Poroshenko, but the ongoing war with Russia mean Zelenskyy has little option but to maintain Poroshenko's policies of Euro-Atlantic integration.

UkraineAlert by Oleksiy Goncharenko

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Mon, Jun 15, 2020

Belarus presidential vote: Democratic breakthrough?

A combination of domestic and geopolitical factors makes the upcoming Belarusian presidential election the most important for a generation, but can Lukashenko be defeated democratically?

UkraineAlert by Viktoriya Zakrevskaya

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Fri, Jun 12, 2020

Mission accomplished? Vakarchuk quits but his political party lives on

Ukrainian rock legend Slava Vakarchuk has resigned as an MP less than one year after leading his reformist party into parliament for the first time. He claims it is "mission accomplished" - but will his party survive?

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Democratic Transitions Ukraine

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

Transcript: Afghanistan’s vision for peace: A conversation with H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

Watch and learn more about the event Read our coverage of the event Event transcript FREDERICK KEMPE: Good morning from Washington and good evening to our many viewers in Kabul, where I’m delighted that Radio Television Afghanistan, RTA, is carrying this important event live. And greetings as well to our viewers elsewhere around the world […]

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict


Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Breakthrough in Belarus: A democratic opening?

ONLINE EVENT - As thousands take to the streets in protest, can popular will bring about a genuinely democratic election to Belarus?