Brian Mefford

Three Predictions for Ukraine’s Presidential Run-off

Original article can be found here - https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/three-predictions-for-ukraine-s-presidential-run-off A municipal worker removes an election poster of Ukrainian President and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Kyiv, Ukraine April 13, 2019. Picture taken April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich Voters knew the … [Read More...] about Three Predictions for Ukraine’s Presidential Run-off

What to Expect from Ukraine’s Completely Unpredictable Presidential Election

Original article posted here - https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/what-to-expect-from-ukraine-s-completely-unpredictable-presidential-election On March 31, Ukrainians will select their sixth president. The election is seen a referendum on the incumbent Poroshenko administration and his record since the watershed Euromaidan Revolution that decisively moved Ukraine onto a … [Read More...] about What to Expect from Ukraine’s Completely Unpredictable Presidential Election

Ukraine’s 2019 Elections May Be Completely Unpredictable but Five Things Are Certain

Original article posted here - https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/ukraine-s-2019-elections-may-be-completely-unpredictable-but-five-things-are-not 2019 is election year in Ukraine. Ukrainians will select a new president this spring and a new parliament in the fall. Even though the outcome of the presidential race is unpredictable, there are five things about this political cycle … [Read More...] about Ukraine’s 2019 Elections May Be Completely Unpredictable but Five Things Are Certain

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