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Tue, Jul 2, 2019

Five reasons why investors are giving Ukraine another look

The ambitions of Ukraine House Toronto arise from what UkraineInvest has witnessed over the last year: a renewed confidence in and interest among investors for exposure to the Ukrainian market.

UkraineAlert by Daniel Bilak

Democratic Transitions Fiscal and Structural Reform

Tue, May 28, 2019

Zelenskiy sows confusion and another chance for change

Volodymyr Zelenskiy may be popular among Ukrainians, but he is getting the cold shoulder from its political elite. Ukraine’s new president has few friends in the parliament and government. Within days of taking office, Zelenskiy suffered a defeat in the Rada as the parliament has not considered his bill for a new electoral law. The […]

UkraineAlert by Oksana Bedratenko

Fiscal and Structural Reform International Financial Institutions

Thu, May 23, 2019

Critical questions for Ukraine’s new president

Ukraine’s domestic politics will change fundamentally in 2019. On May 20, Volodymyr Zelenskiy was inaugurated as president of Ukraine. The country’s upcoming parliamentary elections this summer or autumn will likely reconfigure much of the governing elite, and lead to deep changes in the country’s legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Five major topics will keep Kyiv […]

UkraineAlert by Andreas Umland

Conflict Economic Sanctions

Wed, May 8, 2019

Zelenskyy’s first big test

A key issue has emerged in the post-election drama in Ukraine. In a disturbing interview given by Andrij Bohdan, lawyer, confidant, and political advisor to President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he reveals that he continues to act as a lawyer for oligarch Ihor Kolomoiskiy with regard to the nationalization of PrivatBank. This assertion, if accepted by the […]

UkraineAlert by Basil Kalymon

Corruption Financial Regulation

Mon, Apr 29, 2019

Central Bank Independence Under Scrutiny

On April 26, following stronger than expected US economic growth numbers, the White House’s National Economic Council director, Larry Kudlow, urged the Federal Reserve (Fed) to cut interest rates by 50 basis points.

EconoGraphics by Ole Moehr | Graphics by Shiqing Hua and Francis Aubee

Economy & Business Financial Regulation

Fri, Apr 26, 2019

What is wrong with the Ukrainian economy?

Construction is booming in Kyiv, Ukraine, but not the rest of the economy. A major reason is that Ukrainians with some extra savings do not put their money into banks but buy additional apartments instead. Others keep their savings in cash. On average, Ukrainian MPs keep $700,000 at home. Those who have a lot of […]

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Financial Regulation Fiscal and Structural Reform

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

10 ways the west should engage with Ukraine after 2019 elections

Five years after the annexation of Crimea and the instigation of conflict in the Donbas, the reasons for continued sanctions on Russia have not gone away. Crimea is still occupied. War grinds on in the Donbas. Ukraine held presidential elections this spring and will hold parliamentary elections in the fall. Whatever the results, events in […]

UkraineAlert by Chatham House

Defense Policy Disinformation

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

What Zelenskiy’s victory means for Ukraine

The temptation in Kyiv and elsewhere is to look past Sunday’s overwhelming victory by upstart Volodymyr Zelenskiy over incumbent Petro Poroshenko and try to divine what it means for Ukraine. This piece will yield to that temptation—but after acknowledging the importance of what happened Sunday and throughout the election campaign. Free and fair elections in […]

UkraineAlert by David J. Kramer

Democratic Transitions Elections

Tue, Apr 23, 2019

Why Poroshenko lost

On April 21, television star Volodymyr Zelenskiy crushed incumbent president Petro Poroshenko in the second round of Ukraine’s presidential election. Even though Zelenskiy has never held elected office, voters were so tired of corruption and economic stagnation that they were willing to take a risk. Zelenskiy ran an unusual campaign. He made few programmatic promises […]

UkraineAlert by Dennis Soltys

Democratic Transitions Elections

Thu, Apr 18, 2019

How the west helped put a comedian in reach of Ukraine’s presidency

With polls putting Ukraine’s incumbent president Petro Poroshenko far behind TV actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy ahead of Sunday’s run-off election, it is worth considering how the West helped put this secretive comedian, backed by oligarchs, on the cusp of becoming commander-in-chief of a country at war with the Kremlin. A case in point occurred in February, […]

UkraineAlert by Mary Mycio

Conflict Elections