Mon, Jun 17, 2019

One month into the Zelenskyy presidency and Ukraine’s still here

Volodymyr Zelenskyy became Ukraine’s sixth president on May 20. The political neophyte’s election raised a host of questions about lack of governing experience, connections to oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, the composition of his inner circle, and his priorities once in office. One month into Zelenskyy’s presidency, those questions still require answers, and we have yet to […]

UkraineAlert by Steven Pifer

Conflict Corruption

Mon, Jun 17, 2019

What Zelenskyy should say in Berlin

Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union broke up the empire and its people have paid a monstrous price for generations. It’s time that Europe finally recognized its responsibility to this worthy nation, yearning to be free from Russian tyranny.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Energy Markets & Governance Eurozone

Sat, Jun 1, 2019

European American Chambers of Commerce Delegation Visit

On May 14th, the Global Business & Economics Program’s EuroGrowth Initiative hosted a large delegation of American Chambers of Commerce from Europe to exchange views on transatlantic trade relations. Director Bart Oosterveld, Deputy Director Marie Kasperek, Fellow Hung Tran and Google’s Michele Lynch all participated in the lively conversation.

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Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Sat, Jun 1, 2019

EU Elections 2019: The Future of the European Project

On May 29, the Future Europe Initiative partnered with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States to facilitate a discussion on the results and implications of the 2019 EU Elections. This event featured an address by Antoine Ripoll, the Director of the EU Parliament Liaison Office in Washington, followed by a panel […]

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Elections Europe & Eurasia

Thu, May 23, 2019

Ukraine inaugurates new president

Wasting little time after winning Ukraine’s April 21 presidential election in a landslide, the country’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, vowed in his inauguration speech on Monday to dissolve the parliament and hold early elections. After winning 73 percent of the vote in the second round, Zelenskiy may be hoping to ride the political wave, and […]

UkraineAlert by David J. Kramer and John E. Herbst

Conflict Corruption

Thu, May 23, 2019

Critical questions for Ukraine’s new president

Ukraine’s domestic politics will change fundamentally in 2019. On May 20, Volodymyr Zelenskiy was inaugurated as president of Ukraine. The country’s upcoming parliamentary elections this summer or autumn will likely reconfigure much of the governing elite, and lead to deep changes in the country’s legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Five major topics will keep Kyiv […]

UkraineAlert by Andreas Umland

Conflict Economic Sanctions

Fri, Apr 12, 2019

Brussels agreed to Brexit extension to avoid no deal, EU official says

EU official signals that the EU would be open to a compromise that passed the Withdrawal Agreement but changed the political declaration.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Economy & Business European Union

Fri, Apr 12, 2019

The European Union and Brexit

In the context of the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the world Bank Group, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program (GBE) and the Future Europe Initiative (FEI) co-hosted The Hon. Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice President of the European Commission for the Euro. The discussion held on April 12th centered on the […]

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European Union Eurozone

Mon, Mar 25, 2019

Some things never change

Ukraine’s presidential election is less than a week away, and no candidate will win outright with fifty percent. Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy leads in the polls and will certainly be in the run-off election on April 21. The big question is whether he will face incumbent President Petro Poroshenko or former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Poroshenko […]

UkraineAlert by Andreas Umland

Elections Eurozone

Mon, Mar 4, 2019

Why do so few presidential candidates support NATO and EU membership?

Out of forty-two candidates who are running for president in the Ukrainian elections on March 31, only eleven support NATO and EU membership. This represents a lower proportion of supporters than the over 300 deputies who voted on three occasions to change the constitution to include those two goals. Batkivshchina (Fatherland) party and the Radical […]

UkraineAlert by Taras Kuzio

Defense Policy Elections