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Ukraine Quarterly Digest #2

Ukraine Quarterly Digest #2

BY ANDRIAN PROKIP The second quarter of 2017 was rather quiet in Ukraine: good news prevailed over bad. Ukrainians obtained the long-awaited visa-free regime with the most of the EU member states, Kyiv successfully hosted the European song competition Eurovision, and the International Monetary Fund agreed to provide another loan tranche. However, little progress was […]

Does the “Western Model” Offer Any Promise for Ukrainian Women?

Does the “Western Model” Offer Any Promise for Ukrainian Women?

BY NIKOLAS KOZLOFF With near daily reports of sexual harassment rippling through the U.S. media, entertainment industry, and political arena—reports that have toppled the careers of many prominent male figureheads—some may question whether the West represents a hopeful or optimistic model for women in other parts of the world. America’s failure to level the playing […]

Cut Off: What Does the Economic Blockade of the Separatist Territories Mean for Ukraine?

Cut Off: What Does the Economic Blockade of the Separatist Territories Mean for Ukraine?

BY BRIAN MILAKOVSKY Ten months have passed since Ukraine imposed a full economic blockade of the part of the Donbas under Russian and separatist control. What has it meant for Ukraine’s economy and for the prospects of the territories’ economic and social reintegration? The policy caught many Western observers off guard. President Petro Poroshenko initially […]

Ukrainian Energy Partnerships: The Key to Retaining U.S. Leadership in Europe

Ukrainian Energy Partnerships: The Key to Retaining U.S. Leadership in Europe

BY ANATOLIY AMELIN AND ANDRIAN PROKIP Under current conditions of geopolitical competition and a leadership race, the United States as a main global player will need new means to retain this status. In the case of tension with Russia and imposing sanctions against it, a new tool is available now—participation in energy source mining and […]

Donbas, Pandora’s Box: Shortcomings of the Proxy War Approach

Donbas, Pandora’s Box: Shortcomings of the Proxy War Approach

BY TETYANA MALYARENKO On Friday, November 24, Igor Plotnitsky, leader of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LPR), resigned “due to health issues,” and Leonid Pasechnik, the “state security minister,” took over. This change in leadership resulted from a conflict between Igor Plotnitsky and the “siloviki” bloc, in particular “Minister of Interior” Igor Kornet and Pasechnik […]

UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ukraine: How It Can Help Settle, Not Freeze, the Conflict in Donbas

UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ukraine: How It Can Help Settle, Not Freeze, the Conflict in Donbas

BY VASYL FILIPCHUK Russia’s proposal to have a UN peacekeeping operation on the contact line in eastern Ukraine has accelerated the international negotiating process regarding settling the conflict in the Donbas. The use of peacekeepers has already been discussed at recent meetings in Belgrade between the newly appointed U.S. special envoy, Kurt Volker, and Russian […]