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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 […]

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 […]