The Old Guard Digs In; Time to Bury Them

The Editors:

The news out of Kyiv the last few weeks has been depressing. For those familiar with Ukraine — depressingly familiar. The country’s old guard, the former Soviet officials who have run the country into the ground over two decades and sparked two revolutions, reared their ugly heads once more.
The war in East appears to have quieted for now and the government has successfully concluded negotiations with its private sector creditors. However, these positive developments served to focus more attention on the government’s performance with respect to the country’s internal reforms.
That performance has been by and large abysmal.

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published 19 October 2015: Democracy, Economics, Reform, Russia, USA

Ukrainian Ministerial Delegation meets with US Senators and Congressmen

Guest Contributor:

Alexa Chopivsky

The American Center for a European Ukraine, US-Ukraine Business Council and Aeros facilitated a meeting in the US Capitol that took place on the initiative of the Embassy of Ukraine in the US and was hosted by the Senate and House Ukraine Caucuses.

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published 19 July 2015: Democracy, Europe, USA

Why Should and Why Must the U.S. Offer Lethal Military Aid to Ukraine?

The Editors:

By Oleg M. Pohotsky

The very viability of NATO is at stake. How “Front Line” NATO States may reasonably interpret the “guarantees” of Article 5 in view of actions or non-actions pursuant to the Budapest Memorandum

This article is based on private correspondence dated October 10, 2014 between the author and a friend who had recently completed a term as U.S. ambassador to a Central European country.

The continuing battle for eastern Ukraine is the front line in the war for democratic values, for life as we have grown accustomed to and as we would want to live it. Today, it is also Ground Zero for Vladimir Putin’s project to reset the post World War II world order to accommodate the demise of the Soviet Union.

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published 22 June 2015: Democracy, Economics, EU, Europe, History, Military, NATO, Reform, Russia, Security, USA

Why and How Should the West Help Ukraine?

Guest Contributor:

This letter is from one of our devoted readers in response to the article we posted in our last Bulletin.

By Mykola Kapitonenko, PhD

The question above is particularly difficult to address at times of major changes and high uncertainty internationally. Often doing nothing is the safest strategy, while engagement could cost a lot. However, tough times make safety relative. And it turns out that doing nothing for the sake of safety results in a strategic failure. The Ukrainian crisis, to put it in the moderate terms, may become an illustration of that.

The West can perhaps afford to care little about Ukraine and to do even less. The problem is that, even if affordable, this will be the weakest strategy, resulting in a dramatic narrowing of political opportunities for the EU and a general decline of its power. Moreover, when neighboring Russia, one should always remember that a decline in power brings less security. Even the EU won’t be an exception.

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published 2 May 2015: Democracy, EU, History, NATO, Russia, Security, USA

ACEU Hosts “Prosperous Ukraine: A Win for the U.S. and for Ukraine” in U.S. Congress

Guest Contributor:

By Alexa Chopivsky Corredera, Executive Director

On March 18-19, the American Center for a European Ukraine, along with co-organizers U.S.-Ukraine Business Council and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), hosted a two-day event “A Prosperous Ukraine: A Win for the U.S. and for Ukraine” in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer, U.S. Congress.

Over 250 legislators, business leaders, government officials, journalists, and academic and think tank experts attended the opening reception featuring “Maidan.Ukraine.Road to Freedom” a major EuroMaidan exhibition, and speeches from host Congresswoman Marchy Kaptur (D-OH), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Congressman Sander Levin (D-MI), Ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S. Olexandr Motsyk, the Atlantic Council’s Ambassador John Herbst (Ret.), U.S.-Ukraine Business Council President Morgan Williams, and American Center for a European Ukraine’s Executive Director Alexa Chopivsky. Ukrainian folk rock star and EuroMaidan activist Serhiy Fomenko (“Foma”), the curator and initiator of the exhibition, performed.

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published 13 April 2015: Democracy, Economics, USA