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, Apr 9, 2019

Will the elections give the Ukrainian economy the kick It needs?

Between the two rounds of the presidential election, a strange calm has grasped Kyiv. The election billboards are gone, and so are the many local protests. The only drama takes place on the Internet, where the two remaining candidates duel with videos. This is a propitious moment to take the temperature of the Ukrainian economy. […]

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Democratic Transitions Elections

Thu, Apr 4, 2019

Who is really advising Zelenskiy?

Showman Volodymyr Zelenskiy may soon become the next president of Ukraine. His chances of winning the second round, slated for April 21, are high. He has long prepared to go into politics, thus his victory in the first round was neither sudden nor unexpected. However, he lacks any political experience and seems to have little […]

UkraineAlert by Daniel Szeligowski

Democratic Transitions Elections

Tue, Apr 2, 2019

What the business community wants from Ukraine’s next president

Sending law enforcement officers in balaclavas armed with Kalashnikovs kicking down a company’s office door in a frantic search for financial records or tax documents is quite possibly the worst message a government can send to business owners, shareholders or executives. This is what I told President Petro Poroshenko a couple of years ago in […]

UkraineAlert by Andy Hunder

Elections Fiscal and Structural Reform

Tue, Apr 2, 2019

What does comedian’s big win mean for Ukraine?

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy won the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election on March 31 and has a strong chance of winning the run-off on April 21. Zelenskiy will face incumbent Petro Poroshenko, who won just under 16 percent. Zelenskiy’s strong performance caught some off-guard, but the results of the election says at least seven important […]

UkraineAlert by Volodymyr Yermolenko

Democratic Transitions Elections

Mon, Mar 4, 2019

Zimbabwe’s finance minister discusses reform agenda

On Monday, March 4, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a discussion with H.E. Dr. Mthuli Ncube, minister of finance and economic development of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Focusing on Zimbabwe’s short-term stabilization plan, Ncube presented the progress made on key economic reforms since he was appointed to the finance ministry by President Emmerson Mnangagwa […]

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Economic Sanctions

Fri, Mar 1, 2019

Building a Capable State: Ukraine Reforms Architecture

On March 1st, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program’s EuroGrowth Initiative, together with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center co-hosted a discussion on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) efforts to promote ambitious reforms of the Ukrainian economy.


Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Fri, Feb 1, 2019

With an eye on IMF loan, Pakistan proposes tax reforms

The tax measures would be Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s second set of fiscal reforms since taking power in July 2018. 

New Atlanticist by Sahir Amlani

Fiscal and Structural Reform Pakistan