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Fri, Feb 7, 2020

Ahmad in The Hill: What does Soleimani’s death mean for Afghanistan?

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

Wed, Feb 5, 2020

Albania still committed to EU membership, PM says

Despite continued delays in the opening of accession negotiations with the European Union, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said that his country remains committed to pursuing EU membership because “there is no alternative.” Speaking at the Atlantic Council on February 5, Rama reported that Albania is continuing with its planned reforms as European leaders debate the proper time to begin the membership process for Albania and its neighbor North Macedonia. “We are not sitting and crying,” Rama said. Albania is “not waiting for some miracle to happen.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions European Union

Wed, Feb 5, 2020

Kenyan president says global leaders must see Africa as “the world’s biggest opportunity”

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta implored an Atlantic Council audience on February 5 to see Africa as “more than just a continent producing security threats or unregulated migration that must be contained,” but rather as a region that has “immense strategic importance to the security and prosperity of the transatlantic alliance.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Nawaz in the Daily Times: Restoring Jinnah’s vision: a conversation with Shuja Nawaz

In the News by Atlantic Council

Democratic Transitions Economy & Business

Thu, Jan 30, 2020

Iranian civil society is our North Star: We should let them guide us

One accurate window into which way the country will trend is to track the demands of Iranian civil society. They are leading with their chants in the streets and letters from prison. And their message to the people of Iran is clear: don’t abandon your self-respect and human dignity. Enough is enough.

IranSource by Gissou Nia

Democratic Transitions Iran

Wed, Jan 29, 2020

The United States must end its contradictory Pakistan policy

Washington has a long history of tacitly supporting the Pakistan Army’s unrivaled political power while publicly espousing the ideals of democracy and political pluralism. Such doublespeak only enables corrupt and unaccountable segments of the political and security establishments in Pakistan. It also impedes the United States from achieving its regional goals of democracy promotion and counterterrorism.

New Atlanticist by Harris Samad

Democratic Transitions Pakistan

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

A year in, the United States still stands behind Venezuela’s interim government

As the interim government of Venezuela continues to fight for freedom and democracy against the regime of Nicolás Maduro, the United States is “unwavering in [its] commitment” to helping Interim President Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green said on January 23.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions Human Rights

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

PeaceGame Venezuela: Pathways to Peace

A year after Juan Guaidó took the presidential oath, nearly sixty countries now recognize the interim government as the legitimate representative of the Venezuelan people. Still, the Maduro regime remains in power, further threatening the country and the world every day. As Venezuela becomes increasingly engulfed in internal strife, the international community must prepare for the most dire scenarios. What would be the reverberations of complete state collapse? How might various stakeholders— from Venezuelan actors to regional neighbors to Russia or armed groups—respond?

In-Depth Research & Reports by Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Crisis Management Democratic Transitions

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

The Pakistani courts strike back

The historic sentencing in December of former dictator and president Pervez Musharraf was a blow to the military’s image and directly questions its unequivocal authority over shaping Pakistan’s political life—even if it is only symbolic. In a rare streak of defiance, the country’s courts are pushing back against a traditionally powerful and popular establishment hoping to inch the country from a seemingly illiberal to a more liberal democracy.

New Atlanticist by Fatima Salman

Democratic Transitions Pakistan

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Ukraine’s top five 2020 reform priorities

The Zelenskyy government has outlined an ambitious reform agenda for 2020 but will they live up to the expectations of an electorate hungry for change? These five key reform areas will give a good indication of the new government's reformist credentials.

UkraineAlert by Ilona Sologoub

Corruption Democratic Transitions