Wed, May 8, 2019

Zelenskyy’s first big test

A key issue has emerged in the post-election drama in Ukraine. In a disturbing interview given by Andrij Bohdan, lawyer, confidant, and political advisor to President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he reveals that he continues to act as a lawyer for oligarch Ihor Kolomoiskiy with regard to the nationalization of PrivatBank. This assertion, if accepted by the […]

UkraineAlert by Basil Kalymon

Corruption Financial Regulation

Mon, Apr 29, 2019

Central Bank Independence Under Scrutiny

On April 26, following stronger than expected US economic growth numbers, the White House’s National Economic Council director, Larry Kudlow, urged the Federal Reserve (Fed) to cut interest rates by 50 basis points.

EconoGraphics by Ole Moehr | Graphics by Shiqing Hua and Francis Aubee

Economy & Business Financial Regulation

Fri, Apr 26, 2019

What is wrong with the Ukrainian economy?

Construction is booming in Kyiv, Ukraine, but not the rest of the economy. A major reason is that Ukrainians with some extra savings do not put their money into banks but buy additional apartments instead. Others keep their savings in cash. On average, Ukrainian MPs keep $700,000 at home. Those who have a lot of […]

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Financial Regulation Fiscal and Structural Reform

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

10 ways the west should engage with Ukraine after 2019 elections

Five years after the annexation of Crimea and the instigation of conflict in the Donbas, the reasons for continued sanctions on Russia have not gone away. Crimea is still occupied. War grinds on in the Donbas. Ukraine held presidential elections this spring and will hold parliamentary elections in the fall. Whatever the results, events in […]

UkraineAlert by Chatham House

Defense Policy Disinformation

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

What Zelenskiy’s victory means for Ukraine

The temptation in Kyiv and elsewhere is to look past Sunday’s overwhelming victory by upstart Volodymyr Zelenskiy over incumbent Petro Poroshenko and try to divine what it means for Ukraine. This piece will yield to that temptation—but after acknowledging the importance of what happened Sunday and throughout the election campaign. Free and fair elections in […]

UkraineAlert by David J. Kramer

Democratic Transitions Elections

Tue, Apr 23, 2019

Why Poroshenko lost

On April 21, television star Volodymyr Zelenskiy crushed incumbent president Petro Poroshenko in the second round of Ukraine’s presidential election. Even though Zelenskiy has never held elected office, voters were so tired of corruption and economic stagnation that they were willing to take a risk. Zelenskiy ran an unusual campaign. He made few programmatic promises […]

UkraineAlert by Dennis Soltys

Democratic Transitions Elections

Thu, Apr 18, 2019

How the west helped put a comedian in reach of Ukraine’s presidency

With polls putting Ukraine’s incumbent president Petro Poroshenko far behind TV actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy ahead of Sunday’s run-off election, it is worth considering how the West helped put this secretive comedian, backed by oligarchs, on the cusp of becoming commander-in-chief of a country at war with the Kremlin. A case in point occurred in February, […]

UkraineAlert by Mary Mycio

Conflict Elections

Thu, Apr 18, 2019

Don’t believe the hype. Presidential elections aren’t what matters in Ukraine

There’s election fever in Kyiv, and with less than a week before Ukrainians go to the polls to likely elect an inexperienced comedian as their next president, the outcome is all but certain. Volodymyr Zelenskiy should easily defeat incumbent President Petro Poroshenko on April 21.      The far more interesting question is who will […]

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Democratic Transitions Elections

Wed, Apr 17, 2019

What does it mean to be Ukrainian today?

The day of judgement in the Ukrainian presidential election is almost upon us. This is not just a contest between two political contenders and their supporters, representing different backgrounds, styles, and constituencies, or even visions, but something more fundamental. It is a clash between the old and the new. Between traditional Ukraine, in the political […]

UkraineAlert by Bohdan Nahaylo

Defense Policy Elections

Tue, Apr 16, 2019

Is Zelenskiy really the Kremlin’s best hope in Ukraine?

In the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election, the leading pro-Russian candidate secured 11 percent of the vote. Compare this to 2010 when pro-Kremlin candidate Viktor Yanukovych received 49 percent. This dramatic decline reflects the scale of the damage done to Russian interests in Ukraine by Vladimir Putin’s ongoing war. Russian aggression has alienated millions […]

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Conflict Elections


Tue, Oct 22, 2019

Fixing a Faltering Economy: A Conversation with Sudan’s Minister of Finance

The newly appointed Sudanese Minister of Finance, H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Elbadawi, discusses his reform agenda for the economy.

4:00pm Washington DC