Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Ukraine’s slippery slope to progress

Zelenskyy shocked observers by firing his government. Is Kyiv now stacked with obedient loyalists, or is there still hope to put Ukraine on the right path?

Borscht Belt by Atlantic Council Eurasia Center

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Thu, Apr 2, 2020

Forging the Four Freedoms Initiative for prosperity and peace in the Balkans

To demonstrate their readiness to fulfill the responsibilities associated with full-fledged membership in the world’s largest common market, the countries of the region launched the Western Balkans Four Freedoms Initiative to bring down barriers to intra-regional trade, travel, and labor movement. While not identical to Roosevelt’s plans, this project seeks to ensure the same outcome of peace and prosperity through liberty, opportunity, and growth.

New Atlanticist by Marko Čadež

International Markets Macroeconomics

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Riaz quoted in on Bangladesh’s decision to free ex-PM Khaleda Zia amidst Covid-19

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

EU greenlights North Macedonia and Albania membership talks: Breakthrough or symbolic gesture?

"The decision by the EU foreign ministers to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania comes at a time when Europe is battling a major public health crisis and is bracing for its economic aftershocks," Dimitar Bechev says. "Keeping enlargement alive speaks volumes about the union’s ability to muddle through."

New Atlanticist by Jörn Fleck

Democratic Transitions European Union

Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Social Justice and Activism in Pakistan with Jibran Nasir

With an exceedingly shrinking space for civil society and an emboldened right-wing, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan is turning out to be the same-old Pakistan. Pakistani lawyer and civil rights activist Jibran Nasir helps us detangle some of Pakistan’s toughest contexts surrounding the country’s citizen empowerment, legal reforms, and social justice.

Timely Commentary & Analysis by South Asia Center

Civil Society Elections

Tue, Mar 17, 2020

Another prime minister nominee in Iraq: Will this one take?

Al-Zurfi's success will depend on the Kurds and the Sunnis, whose opposition destroyed the chances of the previous nominee. For the Kurdish and the Sunni blocs, it is not a matter of whether Al-Zurfi is able to meet the governance challenges, but rather a question of if he will undertake enough political bargaining and ethno-sectarian apportionment of political positions that come with perks. Al-Zurfi will have to calculate how much he can give them to keep a semblance of legitimacy for his government.

New Atlanticist by Abbas Kadhim

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

Support civilian leaders in Sudan while we have them

Rather than serving as a wakeup call to those inside Sudan that the former regime was still a force to be feared, the assassination attempt on Prime Minister Hamdok may have instead put Western nations on notice to support the civilian government while it still can.

New Atlanticist by Cameron Hudson

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Fri, Mar 6, 2020

Haring breaks down Ukrainian government reshuffle on Hromadske

In the News by Atlantic Council

English Political Reform

Fri, Mar 6, 2020

Allawi withdraws PM nomination: Opportunities in Iraq despite the dysfunction

As dysfunctional as Iraq’s democracy can be, it is still a democracy and even the Iranian-backed political parties have to pay attention to the will of their various constituencies. This point means that an energized protest movement can help bring about conditions more favorable to Iraq’s recovery.

New Atlanticist by C. Anthony Pfaff

Democratic Transitions Iraq

Wed, Mar 4, 2020

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Hearing: Citizenship Laws and Religious Freedom

On March 4th, 2020, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) held a hearing to discuss how citizenship laws can be used to deny religious minorities rights guaranteed by their citizenship, making them disproportionately vulnerable to exploitation and mass atrocities.

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

Human Rights India