Eastern Lights

Promoting democratic reform, economic opportunity and political transformation in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.

The Eastern Lights program at CEPA seeks to identify and advance critical policy strategies aimed at promoting democratic reform, economic opportunity and political transformation among the European Union’s Eastern neighbors: Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.
Launched in 2011, Eastern Lights represents a comprehensive analytical and programming effort covering developments in the post-Soviet space and on-going U.S. and European engagement strategies toward the East. The goal of the program is to develop an up-to-date strategic framework to inform and clarify U.S. policy priorities during periods of high-intensity, rapid political transition, and to reinvigorate the reform agenda in the strategically-important hinge point between Russia and Europe.
The program’s activities are built around a series of expert convening events, fellowships and publications to focus the attention of policymakers on Europe’s Eastern neighborhood. In this way, CEPA's Eastern Lights program provides a needed analytical platform for cutting edge political, economic and strategic analysis in this geopolitically vital part of the world.