The dramatically deteriorating economic situation in Azerbaijan has caused a wave of spontaneous protests which have been ongoing since January 12. The people are protesting against price rises and demanding that the unemployment problem be resolved. Protests were seen in more than ten different places across Azerbaijan, including the cities of Quba and Siyazan.
JHS is publishing a new report in cooperation with the think-tank Freedom Research Association on how the refugee crisis is covered in Turkish media. Read more
The economic problems are so long gone in Venezuela that debts have become a real threat to the country. The value of the currency decreases rapidly and inflation is going up. Foreign imports have ceased, resulting in empty shelves in stores around the country. Read more
Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes that Ukraine accomplished many important economic reforms in 2015 and describes seven key reforms for the country in 2016, for example reform of the prosecution and courts and completing the energy reform.
Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation has the pleasure of welcoming you to the seminar Developments in Georgia – Challenges for Western integration at Stora Nygatan 30 in Stockholm, Wednesday, January 27. Two representatives of United National Movement (UNM), the largest opposition party in Georgia, will describe the recent years political developments and the situation for the opposition in the upcoming parliamentary elections 2016. Read more about the seminar and how to participate below.
Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, in cooperation with the Turkish think-tank Freedom Research Association, publishes a new report on LGBT-issues in Turkey. The report is based on the discussions between LGBT-organizations, civil society activists, researchers, journalists and politicians at the conference “Promoting Tolerance – LGBT in Turkey,” hosted in Ankara, September 2015.
The report aims to describe a variety of opinions on the current situation and how to move forward on issues of tolerance and LGBT in the country.
“This year, the Russian economy is the G-20’s worst performer, contracting by 3.8%, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest forecast. And things could easily have been worse. President Vladimir Putin claims that his economic policies remain consistent; in fact, he has wisely changed course, limiting the damage that could have been done had he not.”
Anders Åslund is Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. and comments Putin’s new economic policies at the Project Syndicate. Read the full commentary here
November 25, Russia’s first presidential museum opened, a monument to Boris Yeltsin’s presidency. The inauguration of the museum in Yekaterinburg gathered a wide group of guests, from President Putin to opposition activists.
Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes about what has happened since the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych and the many reforms that have been carried out. Thanks to these reforms, the economy seems to have stabilized and the inflation is falling. The critical hurdle is the adoption of a new tax system and budget for 2016, for which the government has failed to mobilize sufficient parliamentary support.
A summary of the political situation in Georgia has been published in the International Democrat Union forum. It describes continued political prosecutions, attempts to take over independent media, violent attacks against representatives of the opposition and threats against NGOs.
Read more here:
Georgia’s Democratic Backsliding: An Update 11.2015
In World Affairs Vladimir V. Kara-Murza writes that the upper house of Russia’s Parliament will shortly consider a request to extend the list of so-called “undesirable foreign organizations” that supposedly threaten state security and constitutional order and are prohibited from operating in the country. The list, adopted unanimously by the Federation Council in July, currently includes 12 foreign and international NGOs, among them the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, and Freedom House.
Read Vladimir V. Kara-Murzas article below, or at World Affairs website.
Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes about the Russian proposal to restructure the $3 billion Eurobond lent to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych as well as how Putin has changed the G-20 agenda from being dominated by Ukraine to having been taken over by Syria.