Focus Ukraine

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 […]

Ukraine’s Strategic Challenges in 2018

Ukraine’s Strategic Challenges in 2018

BY MIKHAIL MINAKOV Almost four years after the change in government as a result of the Euromaidan, the annexation of Crimea, and the onset of war with Russian-backed separatists, Ukraine enters 2018 facing five strategic challenges. First, Ukrainian sovereignty and national unity are being tested by factions both outside and inside the country. Second, Russia’s […]

Ukrainians Abroad: The Economics and Politics of Labor Migration

Ukrainians Abroad: The Economics and Politics of Labor Migration

BY BRIAN MILAKOVSKY In December, Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan made a statement that raised many eyebrows in his country. “We have no reason to travel to Russia,” he told reporters. “There are trains that go to Moscow, but I hope that Ukrzalisnitsia [Ukraine’s railroad company] will reconsider this policy…. We need to convince Ukrainian […]

Freedom of Speech: Between Power and Truth in Ukraine

Freedom of Speech: Between Power and Truth in Ukraine

BY MARYNA STAVNIICHUK As 2018 opens, Ukraine faces many painful problems: conflict in the Donbas, weakening ties with Ukrainian communities in the separatist-controlled eastern Donbas and the Russia-controlled Crimea, endemic corruption, and disruptive social reforms. And the list of major challenges for Ukraine has recently been enriched with the decline of freedom of speech and […]

Why and How the United States Can Help Ukraine Strengthen Its Chemical Security

Why and How the United States Can Help Ukraine Strengthen Its Chemical Security

BY IRYNA IAREMA Almost from the onset of the conflict in eastern Ukraine in 2014, many organizations have called for action to reduce the risk of shelling of industrial sites containing chemicals. Protecting chemical facilities across Ukraine is a no less important task. This can be explained by many reasons. The State Emergency Service of […]