Franklin is a Europe Research Manager at ACLED. Before joining ACLED, Franklin worked at the Institute for the Study of War where he authored multiple reports on the structure and capabilities of Ukrainian and Russian-led separatist forces. He also spent time as an academic assistant at the Baltic Defense College while working on his master's degree in Tartu, Estonia. Franklin graduated from Texas A&M University with a double major in Russian Language and International politics and diplomacy.

Regional Overview: Europe
3-9 April 2021

Last week in Europe, there were riots in Northern Ireland by loyalist militants primarily attacking police and potentially restarting more serious sectarian violence. In Belarus, the regime of Alexander Lukashenko adopted stricter laws to further discourage people from staging anti-government demonstrations. Demonstrations related to the coronavirus pandemic continued across the region. Meanwhile, Russia continues to…

Regional Overview: Europe
27 March-2 April 2021

Last week in Europe, coronavirus-related demonstrations continued across the region. Environmental activists demonstrated in several countries at the call of Extinction Rebellion. In the United Kingdom, demonstrations against a controversial bill that limits rights to protest continued. Meanwhile, Russia began mobilizing forces from across the country to the border with Ukraine amid aggressive rhetoric from…

Regional Overview: Europe
20-26 March 2021

Last week, in Belarus, the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued to respond to anti-government demonstrations with arrests and repression. In Russia, the opposition called for a new mass demonstration in support of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny. In the United Kingdom, demonstrations against a controversial bill that limits rights to protest grew and became violent…

Regional Overview: Europe
13-19 March 2021

Last week, demonstration activity in Europe continued to increase, despite ongoing lockdown restrictions. In the United Kingdom, the murder of a 33-year-old woman sparked a large demonstration movement to reclaim the streets as safe spaces for women. In Belarus, demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko and in support of political prisoners continued. In Russia,…

Regional Overview: Europe
6-12 March 2021

Last week, demonstration activity increased across Europe. In Belarus, demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued across the country. Demonstrators called for increased demonstration activity in the spring, beginning on 25 March. In Greece, violent anti-police demonstrations were held by people angered over the beating of a man by police, and legislation that empowers…

Regional Overview: Europe
27 February-5 March 2021

Last week, in Belarus, demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko continued against a backdrop of mass arrests and the sentencing of activists. In Russia, people condemned the government’s inadequate investigation of and potential ties to the 2015 assassination of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. In Greece, demonstrations, and some acts of arson, in support of the imprisoned…

Regional Overview: Europe
20-26 February 2021

Last week, demonstration activity in Russia decreased significantly. In Greece, demonstrations continued against the newly-adopted university security law and in support of an imprisoned gunman on hunger strike. Meanwhile in Spain, demonstrations in response to Pablo Hasel’s arrest significantly increased and sparked greater violence. Demonstrations continued in relation to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic,…

Regional Overview: Europe
13-19 February 2021

Last week, a new wave of demonstrations in support of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny took place across Russia with almost no arrests. Meanwhile, political unrest in Spain increased with violent demonstrations taking place against the arrest of Pablo Hasel. In Belarus, the demonstrations against President Lukashenko have spotlighted the poor treatment of journalists covering…