A collection of 7 posts
Drowning Democracy | Journal of Democracy
Afghanistan taught us that a firehose of unaccountable aid can destroy a country’s democratic future. In Ukraine, we are making the same mistake all over again. Co-authored with Nataliia Shapoval. Published in Journal of Democracy August 2022 Drowning Democracy | Journal of DemocracyAfghanistan taught us that a firehose of unaccountable
Uzbekistan Protests: Why Karakalpakstan Is Angry Over Proposed Constitutional Changes | Foreign Policy
In this explainer for Foreign Policy, I discuss the violent protest that swept the autonomous republic of Karakalpakstan that is inside of Uzbekistan. Unrest spread after proposed constitutional changes would have transformed its a autonomy.
The Source of Ukraine's Resilience | Foreign Affairs
Ukraine shows that a combination of democracy and decentralization can strengthen central government, even as power shifts away from it. This is especially important to acknowledge as Ukraine begins to think about the enormous task of rebuilding when the war is over.
Afghanistan Collapse Was Not Inevitable | Slate
In an opinion piece for Slate, I argue that the collapse of the Afghan state was not inventible. You can read the entire piece here: Afghanistan Collapse Was Not InevitablePainting Afghan society with a broad brush only obfuscates the mistakes of those in power.SlateJennifer Brick Murtazashvili [https://slate.com/