Issue Brief

Oct 18, 2021

Recasting Pakistan’s water scarcity challenge

By Fazilda Nabeel

Pakistan’s water situation is at a crossroads. The country has been increasingly cited by international organizations for being on the brink of water scarcity because of its declining per capita water availability. At the same time, the architecture of water resource governance in the country is undergoing a major overhaul.

Civil Society Energy Markets & Governance

New Atlanticist

Oct 14, 2021

Is liberalism ending its losing streak in Central Europe?

By Petr Tůma

The Czech opposition's victory could inspire other democratic forces across the region.

Central Europe Civil Society


Oct 11, 2021

Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy must prove he is serious about judicial reform

By Mykhailo Zhernakov, Nestor Barchuk

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's reputation as a reformer hinges on his ability to deliver on promises to transform Ukraine's discredited judiciary and achieve a breakthrough towards the rule of law in the country.

Corruption Political Reform


Oct 4, 2021

Time to rethink Ukraine’s fight against corruption

By Bohdan Vitvitsky

The ongoing struggle against corruption in Ukraine would benefit from greater coordination among the country's international partners and a longer term strategy, argues Bohdan Vitvitsky.

Corruption Democratic Transitions


Oct 1, 2021

Sudan’s failed coup shows why military reform is a must

By Cameron Hudson

Sudan’s civilian leaders are facing off with the country's powerful military.

Civil Society Democratic Transitions


Sep 30, 2021

Want to assess Ukraine’s progress? Look at Belarus

By Vitaliy Sych

Perhaps the best way to gauge Ukraine's post-Soviet progress is to compare the country's media freedoms and fledgling democracy with the authoritarian environment in neighboring Belarus and Russia.

Belarus Democratic Transitions


Sep 17, 2021

Reloading Ukraine’s corporate governance reforms

By Iaroslav Zhelezniak, Andriy Boytsun, Oleksandr Lysenko

Ukraine's corporate governance reforms have come under scrutiny this year following controversial developments at Naftogaz. Can new legislation get this important reform initiative back on track?

Economy & Business Fiscal and Structural Reform


Sep 14, 2021

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy vows to fight for judicial reform

By Halyna Chyzhyk

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called an extraordinary meeting of politicians, diplomats, and members of the judiciary in order to prevent his flagship judicial reform drive from being sabotaged and derailed.

Corruption Democratic Transitions

New Atlanticist

Sep 9, 2021

Sanctions alone won’t tame the Taliban

By Brian O’Toole

The United States and its allies will need to wield both existing and new sanctions as strategically as possible, but changing the regime's behavior will be difficult.

Afghanistan Economic Sanctions

In the News

Sep 4, 2021

Samad joins CGTN’s “The Heat” to discuss the Taliban government

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict