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Wed, Feb 26, 2020

Is Zelenskyy preparing for a thaw in Russia-Ukraine ties?

The appointment of Andriy Yermak as President Zelenskyy’s new chief of staff has sparked debate over Yermak’s ties to Moscow and links to pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians. Is Zelenskyy preparing for a thaw in ties with the Kremlin?

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Conflict Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Wed, Feb 26, 2020

Ten steps to boost Ukraine’s economic growth in 2020

Ukraine has achieved macroeconomic stability. It is now time to demonstrate accelerated growth. This can only be achieved by boosting Foreign Direct Investment. Andy Hunder outlines 10 steps towards achieve this goal.

UkraineAlert by Andy Hunder

Economy & Business Ukraine

Mon, Feb 24, 2020

Why Azov should not be designated a foreign terrorist organization

The authors of a recent New York Times op-ed produce no clear proof of ongoing links between American right-wing terrorists and a unit within Ukraine’s Interior Ministry.

UkraineAlert by Anton Shekhovtsov

Civil Society Conflict

Thu, Feb 20, 2020

Russia loses leverage as Ukrainian exports go global

Russia was once Ukraine’s all-dominant trading partner but six years of undeclared war between the two countries has dramatically reduced bilateral trade while forcing Ukrainian exporters to broaden their horizons.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Russia Trade

Wed, Feb 19, 2020

The case for high state salaries in Europe’s poorest country

As the top manager of a flagship state-owned Ukrainian company, Ukrposhta CEO Igor Smelyansky has been publicly vilified for his high salary – but he argues that competitive incomes are the only way to beat institutionalized corruption.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Corruption Populism

Tue, Feb 18, 2020

How Kyiv views the 12 step plan

Editor’s note: Before the Munich Security Conference, the Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group released a plan with 12 steps toward greater security in Ukraine and the Euro-Atlantic region. In response, a democratic movement made up of distinguished Ukrainian diplomats and experts called ROK Movement Against Capitulation initiated the following statement on February 17. The statement was […]

UkraineAlert by ROK Movement Against Capitulation / (Рух Опору Капітуляції)

Conflict Crisis Management

Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Unsolved Maidan massacre casts shadow over Ukraine

As Ukraine marks the sixth anniversary of the Maidan massacre the country is still waiting for justice. Could something akin to the kind of truth and reconciliation commissions that have proven effective in other countries also work in Ukraine?

UkraineAlert by Bohdan Nahaylo

Democratic Transitions Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Russian escalation dampens hopes for peace in Ukraine

Russian hybrid forces in eastern Ukraine launched a series of artillery bombardments and localized advances early on February 18. What does this latest escalation mean for the already faint hopes of an end to the six-year conflict?

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Conflict Russia

Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Ukraine in a smartphone: Zelenskyy’s digital dream

President Zelenskyy has called for a digital revolution to transform Ukraine into a “country in a smart phone” but is greater e-government the answer to Ukraine’s long struggle against corruption and dysfunction within state institutions?

UkraineAlert by Anatoly Motkin

Democratic Transitions Internet

Mon, Feb 17, 2020

Why we welcome debate on Ukraine

The Eurasia Center issued a statement on February 14 signed by 27 respected foreign policy experts criticizing the Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group’s “Twelve Steps Toward Greater Security in Ukraine and the Euro-Atlantic Region,” even as we stated our respect for its signatories. We are proud of our efforts to provide an effective alternative to the […]

UkraineAlert by Eurasia Center

Political Reform Rule of Law

The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.