Political Analysis

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

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