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Unsustainable Status Quo or a Costly Stability? The Increasing Risks of the Unresolved Conflict in Donbas

Unsustainable Status Quo or a Costly Stability? The Increasing Risks of the Unresolved Conflict in Donbas

BY TATYANA MALYARENKO AND STEFAN WOLFF Since the conclusion of the Minsk II agreement in February 2015, the situation in eastern Ukraine has evolved into a seemingly permanent yet highly volatile state of “no peace, no war.” Set in the context of more fractious relations between Russia and the West, more entrenched divisions in Ukraine, […]

Resetting Polish-Ukrainian Relations

Resetting Polish-Ukrainian Relations

BY OLENA BABAKOVA Relations between Poland and Ukraine are at their lowest point since 1991. The current impasse is deeply connected both to the narrative of victimhood common among post-Soviet states and to Ukraine and Poland individually objecting to certain exclusionary policies the other has crafted. The policies, the objections, and failure to reach common […]

Anticorruption Laws in Ukraine: Fighting Corruption or Fighting the Corruption Fighters?

Anticorruption Laws in Ukraine: Fighting Corruption or Fighting the Corruption Fighters?

BY MIKHAIL MINAKOV A main drive in post-Maidan Ukraine has been getting anticorruption laws in place, then enforcing them. New institutions were created for this purpose, including the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU), the National Agency to Prevent Corruption (NAPC), and the imminent National Anti-Corruption Court. But in March 2017 the anticorruption laws were amended to […]

Ukraine Quarterly Digest: October – December 2017

Ukraine Quarterly Digest: October – December 2017

BY ANDRIAN PROKIP The end of 2017 saw some important and long-awaited changes in Ukraine, including the passage of legislation to reform the judiciary, the pension system, and the health care system—all steps greeted positively by the IMF and World Bank. Agreements with the United States to assist with Ukraine’s cybersecurity efforts and defensive needs […]

Ukraine and China: Seeking Economic Opportunity within a Framework of Risk

Ukraine and China: Seeking Economic Opportunity within a Framework of Risk

  BY ANDREY BUZAROV China has big plans to invest in Ukraine. Today the wealthiest Ukrainians tend to spend their hryvnia savings, fearing high inflation and devaluation of the hryvnia. As the situation is very unstable, nobody except the National Bank of Ukraine is trying to predict the hryvnia exchange rate. The treasury is emptying […]

Religious Regulations and Orthodox Competition in Ukraine

Religious Regulations and Orthodox Competition in Ukraine

BY TYMOFII BRIK Ukraine is diverse in many ways. One of them is religion. Solidarity and fragmentation take place in this field as much as in politics. In a recent Kennan Cable Matt Rojansky and Mikhail Minakov showed how Ukraine’s democracy is connected to the competition among and cooperation of churches. However, we can also […]