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Borscht Belt is the official podcast of the Atlantic Council Eurasia Center, convening the leading voices at this critical moment for the Eurasian region. Some stories can’t stay silent.

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Zelenskyy's foreign policy: One year in

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy swept into office on the promise that he would do three things: Make Ukraine rich, slay corruption, and finally bring peace to Ukraine's east by getting Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his forces from the Donbas. A year after his administration began—and an eventful year, at that—how has Zelenskyy done? This is the beginning of a two-part series looking at Zelenskyy's first year. This episode, Melinda Haring and Doug Klain focus on Zelenskyy's foreign policy, diving into questions of Zelenskyy's efforts at peace, allegations of his top advisor's business ties to the Kremlin, and what lies ahead for Kyiv on the world stage. This episode features an interview with John Herbst, a former US Ambassador to Ukraine and the director of the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center, and Dr. Hanna Shelest, the director of security studies at the Foreign Policy Council Ukrainian Prism.

38 MINMAY 1
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Zelenskyy's foreign policy: One year in

Why strongmen love the coronavirus

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the globe, autocratic governments are finding the crisis to be a useful pretext for strengthening their rule and tightening their grips. In Hungary, Prime Minister Victor Orban has received broad new emergency powers with no set end and has used the virus to advance his long-running anti-migrant policies. In Azerbaijan, President Ilham Aliyev has openly threatened to use the crisis to crack down on the political opposition he calls “traitors” and is requiring citizens to text authorities if they plan to leave their homes. In Egypt, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government is severely restricting the flow of open information about the pandemic and detains Egyptians who challenge the government’s line. In Russia, President Vladimir Putin has been forced to put a hold on his plans to stay in power until 2036 while trying to get a handle on the increasingly dire spread of coronavirus, in addition to the government’s harassment of doctors speaking out about the seriousness of the pandemic in Russia. Melinda Haring and Doug Klain call up Ambassador Dan Baer, former US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; Elspeth Suthers, Senior Program Officer for the South Caucasus, National Endowment for Democracy; Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; and Anna Nemtsova, Moscow Correspondent, The Daily Beast to discuss this troubling trend.

52 MINAPR 17
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Why strongmen love the coronavirus

Ukraine's Slippery Slope to Progress

When comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelenskyy came to power, Ukraine’s potential for much-needed reform suddenly seemed possible—that’s why observers were whiplashed by his decision to fire the country’s government last month. Is Kyiv suddenly stacked with obedient loyalists, or is there still a chance to put Ukraine on the right path? This episode was hosted and produced by Melinda Haring and Doug Klain. Guests: Anders Åslund, senior fellow, Atlantic Council Eurasia Center; Orysia Lutsevych, research fellow and manager of the Ukraine Forum, Chatham House, London; Ivan Vertsyuk, journalist, Novoe Vremya. Music Credits: "Kool Kats" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ "Intro 1r21b" by Setuniman https://freesound.org/people/Setuniman/sounds/450567/ For more from the Atlantic Council Eurasia Center, find out home page at https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/programs/eurasia-center/. On Twitter? Follow along @ACEurasia.

40 MINAPR 3
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Ukraine's Slippery Slope to Progress
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Latest Episodes

Zelenskyy's foreign policy: One year in

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy swept into office on the promise that he would do three things: Make Ukraine rich, slay corruption, and finally bring peace to Ukraine's east by getting Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his forces from the Donbas. A year after his administration began—and an eventful year, at that—how has Zelenskyy done? This is the beginning of a two-part series looking at Zelenskyy's first year. This episode, Melinda Haring and Doug Klain focus on Zelenskyy's foreign policy, diving into questions of Zelenskyy's efforts at peace, allegations of his top advisor's business ties to the Kremlin, and what lies ahead for Kyiv on the world stage. This episode features an interview with John Herbst, a former US Ambassador to Ukraine and the director of the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center, and Dr. Hanna Shelest, the director of security studies at the Foreign Policy Council Ukrainian Prism.

38 MINMAY 1
Comments
Zelenskyy's foreign policy: One year in

Why strongmen love the coronavirus

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the globe, autocratic governments are finding the crisis to be a useful pretext for strengthening their rule and tightening their grips. In Hungary, Prime Minister Victor Orban has received broad new emergency powers with no set end and has used the virus to advance his long-running anti-migrant policies. In Azerbaijan, President Ilham Aliyev has openly threatened to use the crisis to crack down on the political opposition he calls “traitors” and is requiring citizens to text authorities if they plan to leave their homes. In Egypt, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government is severely restricting the flow of open information about the pandemic and detains Egyptians who challenge the government’s line. In Russia, President Vladimir Putin has been forced to put a hold on his plans to stay in power until 2036 while trying to get a handle on the increasingly dire spread of coronavirus, in addition to the government’s harassment of doctors speaking out about the seriousness of the pandemic in Russia. Melinda Haring and Doug Klain call up Ambassador Dan Baer, former US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; Elspeth Suthers, Senior Program Officer for the South Caucasus, National Endowment for Democracy; Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; and Anna Nemtsova, Moscow Correspondent, The Daily Beast to discuss this troubling trend.

52 MINAPR 17
Comments
Why strongmen love the coronavirus

Ukraine's Slippery Slope to Progress

When comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelenskyy came to power, Ukraine’s potential for much-needed reform suddenly seemed possible—that’s why observers were whiplashed by his decision to fire the country’s government last month. Is Kyiv suddenly stacked with obedient loyalists, or is there still a chance to put Ukraine on the right path? This episode was hosted and produced by Melinda Haring and Doug Klain. Guests: Anders Åslund, senior fellow, Atlantic Council Eurasia Center; Orysia Lutsevych, research fellow and manager of the Ukraine Forum, Chatham House, London; Ivan Vertsyuk, journalist, Novoe Vremya. Music Credits: "Kool Kats" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ "Intro 1r21b" by Setuniman https://freesound.org/people/Setuniman/sounds/450567/ For more from the Atlantic Council Eurasia Center, find out home page at https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/programs/eurasia-center/. On Twitter? Follow along @ACEurasia.

40 MINAPR 3
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Ukraine's Slippery Slope to Progress
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