Ukraine

(Atlantic Council) (Co-authored with J. Larsen) Russian President Vladimir Putin recently requested a UN peacekeeping mission for eastern Ukraine. While at home this looks like a peace overture, Putin is not motivated by the desire for amity. The proposal is similar to Russian actions in Georgia prior to 2008, when it supported a UN observer mission in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict zone and an OSCE mission in South...
(Kyiv Post) The United States has played an outsized role vis-à-vis Ukraine throughout the 25 years of their relations. The lonely superpower has pushed Ukraine towards denuclearization while picking up the check for this endeavor. It has followed with substantial financial assistance that has helped Ukraine to stabilize its currency, proceed with reforms, introduce privatization, deal with the implications of the 1986 Chornobyl nuclear power plant...
Tags: Dubovyk, Ukraine
Policy Memos | Аналитика
Susanne Wengle 27 Oct 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) The conventional wisdom about agriculture reforms in post-Soviet countries is that they failed to achieve their stated objectives. This assessment is largely based on studies that focused on the initial decade of agricultural reforms that was indeed marked by output collapse, land abandonment, and rural outmigration. Many observers continued to emphasize failures well into the 2000s, blaming them on the flawed institutional...
Policy Memos | Аналитика
Sergiy Kudelia 13 Oct 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) On May 7, 2015, three servicemen of the Ukrainian armed forces went on a mission to find separatist collaborators in Sartana, a small town in the Donetsk region. They forced one randomly detained suspect into the trunk of their car, took him to a clandestine interrogation site in the nearby town of Hnutove, and asked him to list all known separatists. After the suspect repeatedly refused, he was brutally beaten and left...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Oct 2017
(Ukraine Weekly) KYIV – Ukraine’s new law on education, which the Presidential Administration says is more inclusive towards minorities and will improve their integration into society, has received backlash from at least three countries in the region. Russia, Hungary and Romania, all of which have sizable or concentrated minority enclaves in the country, have criticized the law that President Petro Poroshenko signed on September 25 and which...
Tags: Susko, Ukraine
(Gulf Times) Education is one of the few areas nowadays that is still considered a purely sovereign matter, an issue over which national governments – and, in many countries, even local authorities – should have control. But, in today’s world, it seems that no issue is immune to political manipulation. That is the case with Ukraine’s new framework law on education, which has become the target of harsh opposition not so much from...
Tags: Sushko, Ukraine
Kimberly Marten 16 Sep 2017
(Warontherocks.com) (Co-authored with Olga Oliker) Earlier this year, armed protesters used violence and threats to force Ukraine’s government into a substantial policy reversal: a ban on anthracite coal imports from separatist-controlled territory, crucial to the country’s electricity supply. The protesters were representatives of “volunteer battalions” (or pro-state militias), broadly credited with helping Ukraine...
Tags: Marten, Ukraine
PONARS Eurasia 21 Aug 2017
(SN) In the days that followed Monday’s  report in The New York Times that North Korea may have illicitly procured advanced Soviet-era rocket engines from Ukraine, the response out of the post-Soviet nation could best be described as trolling. Not long after the report was published, outraged Ukrainian social media users directed their outrage at the source of the allegations: Michael Elleman, a missile defense expert with the...

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