Trump-Ukraine scandal: Why oversight institutions matter

par Raphaël Goyer-Pétrin

The impeachment investigation in reaction to the Trump administration’s use of military assistance to Ukraine in exchange for information on the Biden family will most likely continue to make international headlines for the coming months. With the debates currently centred on the domestic consequences of these events, it is easy to forget their broader implications, especially for intelligence and national security issues. 

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The security assistance programs at the time of Trumpian manipulation

par Théodore McLauchlin

Donald Trump made an implicit threat to American security assistance in Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter. About a week before his now infamous July 25th call with President Zelensky, his administration held up US$400 in security assistance appropriated by Congress, though ultimately released it in September. What impact would this have in Ukraine? I am not a Ukraine specialist. But my current work, with Lee Seymour and a great research team at Université de Montréal, concerns the politics of foreign military training missions—a key element of security assistance programs in Ukraine and elsewhere.

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