Franklin is the Eastern 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
9-15 January 2021

Last week, demonstration activity in Europe remained low. Demonstrations taking place in Belarus were against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was arrested upon his return to Russia after surviving an assassination attempt by the Russian government. Demonstrations against police violence and racism were reported in Belgium, the United Kingdom, and…

Regional Overview: Europe
6-12 December 2020

Last week, demonstration activity in Eastern Europe continued at low levels. Demonstrations calling for the resignation of Alexander Lukashenko continue in Belarus, as neither the regime nor demonstrators show signs of relenting. In Moldova, supporters of President-elect Maia Sandu demonstrated against newly-adopted laws that might undermine her powers to introduce reforms. Parliamentary elections in Romania…

Regional Overview: Europe
29 November-5 December 2020

Last week, demonstration activity in Eastern Europe continued at low levels. Demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued in Belarus amid regime oppression and worsening weather conditions. In Moldova, anti-reformist members of parliament passed laws that will undermine President-elect Maia Sandu, prompting public protest. In Greece, anarchists clashed with police during demonstrations against the…

Breaking the Pattern: The Relative Success of the Latest Ceasefire Agreement in Ukraine

A recent ceasefire agreement in Donbas has resulted in a significant decrease in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-led separatists and has raised hopes for the future of Ukrainian-Russian peace talks. On 22 July 2020, the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine (TCG) — a platform where representatives from Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for…

Regional Overview: Europe
1-7 November 2020

Last week, demonstrations across Eastern Europe continued at very low levels. Demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued in Belarus despite state repression as the European Union applied sanctions to members of Belarus’ elite. In Moldova, the reformist presidential candidate won the first round of elections against populist President Igor Dodon, setting the stage…

Regional Overview: Europe
25-31 October 2020

Last week, demonstrations across Eastern Europe continued at low levels. Demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued in Belarus. In Ukraine, a decision by the Constitutional Court has undermined the state’s ability to fight corruption and will likely increase public frustration with the slow pace of reforms. In Russia, demonstrations in support of former…