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
19-25 July 2020

Last week in Eastern Europe, demonstration activity slightly decreased. Key regional developments include: major demonstrations in Russia against what is perceived to be the politically motivated arrest of a governor in the Khabarovsk Oblast; widespread demonstrations in Belarus ahead of the August presidential election; and continued anti-government demonstrations in Bulgaria and Moldova.…

Regional Overview: Europe
21-27 June 2020

Protest activity remained at previous low levels or declined more so across Eastern Europe, other than in Russia. Notable developments include protests against proposed changes to the constitution in Russia, which is currently subject to a national referendum and continued protests against political oppression in Belarus ahead of the 9 August elections.…

Regional Overview: Europe
31 May – 6 June 2020

Demonstration activity last week remained at similar levels relative to weeks prior in the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, Russia, and Ukraine, yet decreased in Eastern Europe. Notable regional developments include ongoing protests against the government of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka ahead of the upcoming elections, solidarity rallies in Greece with the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, and protests in Ukraine calling for the resignation of the controversial Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov. …