Category Archives: Eastern Europe

To Help Reform Work in Ukraine, LADU Looks at the Supply Side

Four participants in Kiev presenting their proposed policy solution as part of the LADU program.

Ukraine has no shortage of citizens who envision a better future for their country. They are the ones who led the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and continue to fight against corruption and for improved standards of living and freedom. Yet nearly four years later, preliminary reform efforts have not gained traction, as exemplified by the struggles of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). Domestic and international organizations have flooded decision-makers with reform recommendations, however, there have been few tangible results.

The problem is not a lack of demand for reforms. Civil society groups and private sector organizations know what changes they want and need, especially in the context of decentralization of power from national to local governments. Many of these stakeholders are active advocates with strong suggestions or definite ideas.

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Democracy that Delivers #102-104: Corrosive Capital? CIPE and the Helsinki Commission Look at the Impact of Russian Investments in Four Western Balkan Nations

Foreign Meddling in the Western Balkans Panelists at the Helsinki Commission

Corrosive capital? New reports analyze the impact of Russian investments in four Western Balkan nations.

Will the activities make countries more vulnerable to political and economic manipulation?
Report authors recently testified before the U.S. Helsinki Commission and also went one-on-one with CIPE’s Ken Jaques for an in-depth discussion about key issues.

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Democracy that Delivers #101: Radko Hokovsky on Czech Republic’s Political Division as Presidential Election Approaches

From left: podcast guest Radko Hokovsky, guest host Marc Schleifer, and host Ken Jaques

With presidential elections approaching in the Czech Republic, policy expert Radko Hokovsky analyzes the current political climate and key reform issues.

Hokovsky is the Executive Board Chair of European Values Think-Tank , a non-governmental policy institute in the Czech Republic that advocates for liberal democracy.

In the podcast, Hokovsky and CIPE’s Europe and Eurasia Regional Director Marc Schleifer discuss the history of economic reforms in the Czech Republic and how they have impacted neighboring countries.

 

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Closing Governance Gaps to Promote Resilient Economies in the Balkans

Kombinat Aluminijuma Podgorica (KAP), an aluminum plant headquartered in Podgorica, Montenegro. Photo via. Reuters.

Over the past decade, there has been a proliferation of capital moving from a number of authoritarian countries into emerging democracies. While in some cases this might represent wholly legitimate investment, often authoritarian governments are specifically seeking to direct the flow of these funds to achieve purposes other than purely economic. At CIPE, we define this issue as “corrosive capital” – equity, debt, and aid that both takes advantage of, and exacerbates weak governance in emerging democracies, to the further detriment of democratic and market development. Corrosive capital can distort policymakers’ incentives and decision-making, privileging the political influence of authoritarian governments over local citizens’ voices.

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Democracy that Delivers #99: Long-time CIPE Partner Jaroslav Romanchuk Discusses Evolution of Economic System in Belarus

From left: podcast guest Jaroslav Romanchuk, Caroline Elkin, guest host Eric Hontz and host Ken Jaques

On this week’s podcast, Belarussian economist Jaroslav Romanchuk discusses important reforms taking place in his home country, which has maintained many Soviet Union ideologies.

Romanchuk, Executive Director for Analytical Center “Strategy,” provides a history on the country’s move from a centrally planned economy to more market-oriented processes.

Romanchuk has worked with CIPE to form a coalition of business associations and think tanks that have successfully advocated for 450 democratic reforms in Belarus over the past decade.

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Democracy that Delivers #97: Reform Measures and the Role of Civil Society in Poland

From left: podcast guest Marek Tatala, guest host Marc Schleifer, and host Ken Jaques

What is the likely role of civil society in Poland amid calls for more policy changes and justice reforms? In this week’s podcast, Civil Development Forum Vice President, Marek Tatala shares his take and explains how CDF is using technology and other outreach mechanisms to empower citizens.

CDF is a CIPE partner and non-governmental think tank based in Poland. CDF’s mission is to promote and defend economic freedoms, rule of law, and also the concept of limited government.

For more background on some of the current challenges facing Poland nearly three decades after the fall of communism, as well as expert recommendations, read CIPE Global Director Anna Kompanek’s blog “Democratic and Market Values Face Obstacles in Poland”.

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Democracy that Delivers #92: Former US Ambassador Pifer Discusses the Evolution of Ukraine from Former Soviet Republic to a Democratic State

From left: podcast guest Steven Pifer, guest host Eric Hontz and host Ken Jaques

In this week’s podcast, Steven Pifer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former Ambassador to Ukraine, guides the listener through the development of U.S. diplomatic relations with Ukraine following the breakup of the Soviet Union through the present. He talks about the progress Ukraine has made from a former Soviet Republic to a democracy. While there have been successes and failures, much has been accomplished in the area of economic development and a transition to a market economy. But much more needs to be done in Ukraine, particularly with respect to the biggest threat to democracy there according to Pifer: corruption.

Pifer was the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 1998 to 2000.

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