Managing Voter Expectations: The Biggest Challenge for Zelenskiy’s Nascent Presidency


Volodymyr Zelenskiy received an unprecedented level of support during Ukraine’s presidential elections. Nothing like it has ever before been seen in the country. But preserving his popularity will be much more difficult than gaining the ballot box win, and he will have to go from zero to sixty to satisfy voters’ expectations the moment his May 20 inauguration is over.

Interview with Júlia Lucy, First-Term District Deputy in Brasília

This interview is also available in Portuguese, following the English version below / A entrevista está disponível em português, sob a versão em inglês.

Iceland and the Arctic: Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council 2019-2021

Iceland assumed the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council on May 7, 2019, and will lead the international, consensus-driven organization through 2021. Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, will present an overview of the country’s Arctic Council Chairmanship agenda, Arctic policy, national interests, and perspectives on the shared opportunities and challenges facing a region undergoing dramatic change. 

Bolsonaro’s First Hundred Days: A Short and Fractious Honeymoon

Last November at the Wilson Center, Eurasia Group expert Christopher Garman predicted President Jair Bolsonaro would have a “short honeymoon” and encounter a challenging public opinion climate. Garman was right.

Encouraging Progress for Effective Marine Protective Areas

Negotiations currently underway in the United Nations are grappling with questions about how to identify, create, and enforce Marine Protected Areas (MPA) beyond national jurisdiction. At the same time, nations concerned with the ocean around Antarctica are considering proposals to create three new MPAs in that region.

Algeria’s Slim Chance for Civilian Rule

After twenty years in power, Algerian President Abdelaziz Boutefika is the latest Arab leader to succumb to a popular uprising of massive discontent, bowing on April 2 to the street and his own military’s demand that he resign immediately.  Four other Arab strongmen met the same fate for the same reason in 2011, and each time the result has been short-term political chaos (Tunisia and Egypt) or long-term civil war (Libya and Yemen).  

Camelia Bogdan Awarded the 2019 Ion Ratiu Democracy Fellowship

Awarded yearly by the Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation, London and the Rațiu Center for Democracy, Turda, in partnership with Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award and Fellowship aims to support individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy as activists or intellectuals, whether they are in exile from repressive regi

Citizenship and Contemporary Direct Democracy

Standing out from all other books on direct democracy, Citizenship and Contemporary Direct Democracy connects the study of direct democracy to the broader field of comparative democratization and to an important strand in normative democratic theory. Analyzing the relationship between direct democracy and representative government, this book is organized around three main sections: the origins of contemporary direct democracy, its functioning, and the ways to improve the use of direct democracy and its abuse.

BREXIT: Tug of War or Revolution

On March 29, 2019, the day originally slated for a United Kingdom departure from the European Union, Parliament rejected for a third time the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement. Based upon the decision reached among the 27 European leaders last week, Britain will now leave the EU on Friday April 12. Unless a major political change takes place, the Europeans will kick the Brits out with placards saying “Good riddance.”  However, within the British Isles deep divisions exist and their origin merits examination. Two groups have moved beyond jaw jaw to mobilizing and marching.