Ukraine's Legal Problems

Why Kiev's Plans to Purge the Judiciary Will Backfire

Maria Popova
Ukrainian riot policemen guard the regional administration building in central Donetsk, March 22, 2014.
Ukrainian riot policemen guard the regional administration building in central Donetsk, March 22, 2014. (Yannis Behrakis / Courtesy Reuters)
Given Ukraine's rule-of-law problems, it is not surprising that one of the Euromaidan protesters’ top demands was for legal reform. Nor is it surprising that the new government in Kiev has focused on clearing out the judiciary and emancipating it from its political subservience. But how it has gone about that will only make Ukraine's problems worse.

Northern Exodus

Kemal Kirisci and Raj Salooja
Turkey has maintained a generous open-door policy for Syrian refugees. As Syrian refugees continue to pour into the country, Turkey must address their long-term status within its borders.

Moldova in the Middle

Mitchell A. Orenstein and Kálmán Mizsei
On April 3, the EU announced that it would grant visa-free travel to Moldovans. The move was the latest salvo in a raging battle for Moldova, a second front in a struggle between the EU and Russia for the lands in between them.
Capsule Review

Humanity’s Law

G. John Ikenberry
This masterful treatise offers one of the best explanations yet of the complex, shifting normative foundations of international law.
J. Berkshire Miller

When U.S. President Barack Obama touches down in Asia later this month for a long-overdue trip, he will have a daunting challenge ahead of him: pushing Washington’s two major regional allies together.

Locals walk by the "Soldier and Sailor" memorial in the Crimean port town of Sevastopol, March 30, 2014.
Keith Darden

For the first time since 1989, Europe is transforming. The primary protagonists, by most accounts, are Russia and the West. The bit of territory that they are clawing at -- Ukraine -- has largely been eclipsed. Yet inattention to Ukraine’s internal demons reflects a dangerous misreading of current events.

The stage of the Great Hall of the People is reflected in a journalist's binoculars, October 15, 2007.
Review Essay
Minxin Pei

As the United States and China try to keep their relationship from exploding, one might think that leading technocratic experts in both countries would be a force for calm rather than conflict. A new collection of essays dispels any such hope.

Icicles hang in front of a VTB Bank office in central Moscow, January 21, 2013.
Robert Kahn

Although sanctions have a spotty record of achieving political objectives, they could be unusually powerful in Russia. The country's relationship to global financial markets -- integrated, highly leveraged, and opaque -- creates vulnerability, which sanctions could exploit to produce a Russian “Lehman moment”: a sharp, rapid deleveraging with major consequences for Russia’s ability to trade and invest.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Obama during a cabinet meeting, 2009.
Clay Shirky

The fiasco is only the latest in a long line of government tech disasters. The key to preventing future ones is for the government to change its management practices, adopting what have long been best practices in the private tech sector.

Stacie L. Pettyjohn

Last month, Washington pledged to give up control of ICANN, a nonprofit that manages the Internet's domain name system. Critics say the move will empower repressive regimes to restrict Internet freedom. But it actually provides the best chance of preserving an open system.