It has been a year since the Orange Revolution in Ukraine. This year has been enough to produce substantial material for analysis, considering the changing dynamics of the situation within the country and its external environment. The eyes of many remain on Ukraine. Some wish it well, while others wish to see it fail, in the hopes that it will then be easier to keep Ukraine under control. Some can do a great deal to influence events in Ukraine, while others that have no levers of this kind still find themselves in a position to be affected by what happens in Ukraine.
One thing that the leaders of the Orange Revolution shared at the outset was a promise to bring Ukraine closer to the West. Some meant to introduce European liberal democratic standards into Ukraine’s political and economic life, while others intended to renew the country’s cooperation with the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Either way, this is one of the goals that demonstrators in Kyiv and elsewhere were standing for. […]