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Eurasia Congressional Fellowship

The Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Congressional Fellowship Program aims to educate Congressional staff on current events in the Eurasia region and engage staff with the Council’s latest research. The program connects Congressional fellows with our larger community, which includes leading experts on Ukraine, Russia, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus. Applications are due by February 28, 2021.

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Belarus’ August 2020 presidential election saw widespread protests and serious fraud allegations as President Lukashenka claimed victory against popular opposition candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Following a brutal crackdown against protestors by security forces, will Belarus begin its transition to democracy, or will the Belarusian people face further repression as Lukashenka’s rule falters?

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Leadership

Experts

Content

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Why Ukraine sanctioned Putin’s ally Medvedchuk

Ukraine has introduced a number of measures during February 2021 to restrict the influence of Vladimir Putin's closest Ukrainian ally, Viktor Medvedchuk.

UkraineAlert by Andriy Yermak

Conflict Disinformation

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

How to deploy economic tools against Putin’s aggression

Life doesn’t wait for any administration—and neither will Putin. Here's how the US government can deploy sanctions and other tools of economic statecraft as part of a broader Russia policy.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole, Daniel Fried

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Russia’s collective punishment of the Crimean Tatars is a war crime

As Ukraine seeks international justice over the Russian seizure and occupation of Crimea, Kyiv should consider holding the Kremlin to account for the collective punishment of the Crimean Tatars.

UkraineAlert by Wayne Jordash and Anna Mykytenko

Conflict Human Rights

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Biden must freeze Putin’s pipeline and prevent this “bad deal for Europe”

By taking steps to block the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, US President Joe Biden has a real opportunity to build a new transatlantic security consensus while revitalizing the US-German relationship.

UkraineAlert by Benjamin Schmitt

Geopolitics & Energy Security Germany

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Ukrainians protest “political justice” over activist jailing

The jailing of a high-profile Ukrainian activist has sparked protests over fears that his conviction represents politicized justice and a victory for pro-Kremlin forces within the Ukrainian establishment.

UkraineAlert by Solomiia Bobrovska

Civil Society Conflict

Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Questions remain after Putin hosts Lukashenka

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed his Belarusian counterpart Alyaksandr Lukashenka to Sochi this week but it remains unclear exactly what was agreed during their summit meeting.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Russia after Putin: How to rebuild the state

We do not know when and how President Putin’s regime will end, but there are signs that it is struggling and the end could come in the foreseeable future. We need to start discussing now how a new state should be built on the ruins of the old system.

Report by Anders Åslund and Leonid Gozman

Civil Society Corruption

Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Experts react: What’s behind the crisis in Georgia?

On February 23, Georgian authorities arrested a top opposition leader, sparking a new political crisis for the country. Experts react to the latest developments and what it means for the young democracy's future.

UkraineAlert by Doug Klain and Shelby Magid

Democratic Transitions Human Rights

Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Rethinking Yushchenko

Ukraine's third president, Viktor Yushchenko, came to power on a tide of history but left office in humbling circumstances after a single term. Is it now time to reevaluate the transformative effect of his presidency?

UkraineAlert by Brian Mefford

Democratic Transitions Ukraine

Mon, Feb 22, 2021

US and EU must hold Russia accountable for enabling brutal Belarus crackdown

Belarus presents an opportunity for the US to partner with the EU in order to ensure that pressure is maintained not just on Alyaksandr Lukashenka, but on his enabler Vladimir Putin as well.

UkraineAlert by Polina Sadovskaya

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Events

Mon, Mar 1, 2021

Breaking the tie: Security and stability in Belarus

Online Event The domestic stalemate in Belarus presents a strategic security problem for the Kremlin and may test the resolve of policymakers in Washington and Brussels.

10:00am Belarus Democratic Transitions European Union Russia

Wed, Mar 3, 2021

Crisis in Georgia?

Online Event With the high-profile arrest of UNM opposition leader Nika Melia, Georgia may be in a new political crisis. How dangerous is the situation and what can be done to deescalate tensions to ensure Georgia's democratic future?

9:00am Political Reform Politics & Diplomacy Rule of Law The Caucasus

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

What should Biden do about Ukraine?

Online Event Now that President Joe Biden has taken office, he has a real chance to move past the difficult detour that US-Ukraine relations took under his predecessor. A new issue brief lays out a plan for how the Biden team can repair relations with Ukraine.

10:00am Fiscal and Structural Reform Geopolitics & Energy Security International Financial Institutions Political Reform