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Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Zelenskyy resurrects his reformist credentials as coronavirus crisis looms

March 30 was a big day for Ukraine with major changes in parliament that reversed the anti-reform backlash underway in the country since March 4 and provided President Zelenskyy with fresh political momentum as the coronavirus crisis escalates.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Coronavirus Democratic Transitions

Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Q&A: Where is President Zelenskyy leading Ukraine?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's surprise decision to dismiss his reformist government in early March raised fundamental questions over the future direction of the country. Atlantic Council experts explore what it could mean for Ukraine.

UkraineAlert by Adair Appleton and Adrian Hoefer

Democratic Transitions Ukraine

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Two historic votes for Ukraine

In an emergency session as the country grapples with the coronavirus crisis, Ukraine's parliament has voted for two bills that will open the way to new financing from the IMF and other international partners.

UkraineAlert by Iuliia Mendel

Democratic Transitions International Financial Institutions

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus must not distract the world from Russia’s war in Ukraine

The coronavirus crisis is creating unprecedented challenges for the international community, but existing security threats like the Russian attack on Ukraine must not disappear from the diplomatic agenda, argues Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.

UkraineAlert by Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze

Conflict Coronavirus

Sat, Mar 28, 2020

Time for Ukraine to exit Russia’s energy empire

Energy supplies have helped Russia exert political influence over Ukraine. With Russia's energy sector hit by short-term coronavirus woes and facing long-term decline, now is a good time for Ukraine to reduce dependency.

UkraineAlert by Bohdan Klid

Geopolitics & Energy Security Russia

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Russo-Ukrainian War: Putin must be held accountable

Russia is seeking to legitimize the Kremlin-created separatist republics in eastern Ukraine as a way of distancing itself from the ongoing conflict, but if Putin is not held accountable, other countries may share Ukraine's fate.

UkraineAlert by Olena Zerkal

Conflict Russia

Wed, Mar 25, 2020

After coronavirus: how to get Ukraine working again

Ukraine is bracing for a major coronavirus economic downturn, but the country must also look to the post-pandemic future. Ilya Timtchenko offers some tips on how to get the Ukrainian economy working once again.

UkraineAlert by Ilya Timtchenko

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Could coronavirus become Putin’s Chernobyl?

Official Russian coronavirus infection rates far lower than elsewhere in Europe, sparking accusations of a Kremlin cover-up. Could the pandemic become a new Chernobyl for Vladimir Putin?

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Coronavirus Russia

Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Why Ukraine cannot risk recognizing Putin’s proxies

Many Ukrainians are alarmed by plans to create an Advisory Council together with representatives from Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine. Critics say the move will allow Russia to distance itself from the war.

UkraineAlert by Lisa Yasko

Conflict Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Russia is out of control: The dangerous Mr. Sechin

Russia is out of control. All of a sudden, it has launched an oil price war, even though it is unrealistic that the Kremlin can defeat Saudi Arabia and the United States in such a contest. Saudi Arabia’s population is one-fifth of Russia’s, while holding equivalent international currency reserves. The United States is still a net oil importer, meaning that its economy benefits from low oil prices. Russia, by contrast, is a major oil exporter and is utterly dependent on high oil prices.

New Atlanticist by Anders Åslund

Corruption Oil and Gas


Fri, Apr 3, 2020

How Russia is handling coronavirus

ONLINE EVENT - As the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold across the globe, questions are increasingly being asked about the veracity of official Russian infection statistics and response. What will the pandemic mean for Putin's policies at home and abroad?


Wed, Apr 8, 2020

Spheres of influence: Outdated relic or renewed reality?

ONLINE EVENT - Are spheres of influence a geopolitical force, and if so, how should US policymakers respond?