Brian Mefford

Three Things Ukraine Must Do Now If It Wants Clean Elections Next Year

Original article taken from here - http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/three-things-ukraine-must-address-now-if-it-wants-clean-elections The parliament renewed Ukraine’s highest election body, the Central Election Commission, ahead of the crucial 2019 general elections. On September 20, the parliament replaced all 13 CEC members who were serving on expired terms. In a swift … [Read More...] about Three Things Ukraine Must Do Now If It Wants Clean Elections Next Year

Pragmatism Prevails over Populism in Ukraine

The original article is posted here - http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/pragmatism-prevails-over-populism-in-ukraine Successful politics is about getting things done. By that standard, October was a successful month. Not only did the government pass sweeping healthcare reform, pension reform, and judiciary reform, it also staved off populist protests. In short, pragmatism … [Read More...] about Pragmatism Prevails over Populism in Ukraine

Now Is the Time for Electoral Reform in Ukraine

Original story posted here - http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/now-is-the-time-for-electoral-reform-in-ukraine Ukraine’s parliament has a busy agenda this autumn. Not only is a sweeping healthcare reform package needed to fix the country’s broken system, judicial reform, the creation of a special anticorruption court, and land reform are also pending. In spite of these burning … [Read More...] about Now Is the Time for Electoral Reform in Ukraine

IDP Electoral Obstacles & Solutions in Ukraine

According to Ukraine’s Ministry of Social Policy, there are more than 1.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine; a direct result of the ongoing conflict in the Donbas region, and Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea. Due to antiquated, Soviet-era registration laws, IDPs, and other “mobile” groups, face challenges and difficulties in exercising their Constitutional right to vote … [Read More...] about IDP Electoral Obstacles & Solutions in Ukraine

James Bond is From Odessa

Everyone knows the world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond. British author Ian Fleming’s hero has been a box office star for more than half a century. Bond is celebrated around the globe for his brilliant mind, wild adventures, and debonair charm. “Women want him, and men want to be him”. What most people don’t know is that James Bond has his origins in Odessa, Ukraine. James Bond is a … [Read More...] about James Bond is From Odessa

Who is behind the sinister ‘CGS’ website?

Bruce Riedel is a widely known expert on the Middle East who helped guide U.S. policy in the region as a member of President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. So he was more than a little surprised recently when an obscure website ran an article about Saudi Arabia he had never seen before — with his byline. Riedel wasn’t upset just because he hadn’t written the piece, which appeared … [Read More...] about Who is behind the sinister ‘CGS’ website?