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Could Zelenskyy’s Strategy for Donbas Lead Ukraine Into a Kremlin Trap?

In pursuit of peace in the war-torn region, the Ukrainian president’s short-term, tactical approach is vulnerable in the face of Russia’s long-term strategy.   One of the key messages at the heart of Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s presidential campaign in 2019 was a very simple one: peace in Donbas, the war-torn region of Ukraine where Russian-supported separatists […]

THE RELATIONS BETWEEN UKRAINE AND THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA: PROSPECTS FOR 2020

In recent years, the relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova were quite often overshadowed by the elections in the countries. The respective rotations of the elites and personnel in the ministries in many cases were preventing efficient bilateral dialogue. The same is true for 2020, when the prospects of the bilateral dialogue are […]

“Illiberal Democracies” in Central Europe: Role Model or Challenge for Ukraine?

Should Ukraine follow the example of its neighbors, or is it time to think about the way to counter such shift?

Ukraine: Great Expectations

What do Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his team stand for? Will they realistically be able to deliver?

Czech-Ukrainian Forum Resolution

We the participants of the first Czech-Ukrainian Forum, having assembled in the city of Prague on February 4th 2020, Drawing on the need to continue and further develop fruitful relations between Czech Republic and Ukraine,  Welcoming the memorandum between the MFA of Czech Republic and MFA of Ukraine regarding the foundation of Czech-Ukrainian Forum,  Being […]

Is There a Future for Security Cooperation between the Visegrad Four and Ukraine?

Abstract Current relations between Ukraine and Visegrad Four states in the security domain are in stagnation. Even if existing obstacles are removed, there is no clear vision of possible cooperation topics and joint projects to be implemented. Cooperation within NATO and EU frameworks are perceived as the most potential, including Ukraine joining PESCO projects, building […]

IN STRUGGLE FOR FOREIGN POLICY: PRIORITIES OF 2019 PRESIDENTIAL AND PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS AND OUTLOOK FOR 2020

Foreign policy did not become a top priority during either the presidential or the parliamentary election in Ukraine in 2019. With the focus on European and Euroatlantic integration debate, all other burning issues, such as relations with neighbours, building up international support against Russian aggression, relations with diaspora, and promotion of the Ukrainian image abroad, […]

Donbas Settlement and New Trends in Conflict Resolution

After the 2019 presidential elections in Ukraine, new efforts to reset negotiations regarding Donbas conflict resolution have been taking place. The main problem of the current state of affairs lies in the field of different approaches towards the negotiations demonstrated by Russia, on the one hand, and Ukraine, on the other. Intensification of attempts to […]

Facing the Fourth Estate: A Rough Start and an Ambitious Reform Agenda

While having benefited from both conventional and new media during the election campaign, the new team in power had a rough start with some segments of the media and NGO community once elected. The part of the new government that is responsible for media-related policies is comprised of media professionals with extensive background in the […]

QUICK ECONOMIC REFORMS AND FIGHTING CORRUPTION – ARE THESE A PRIORITY FOR THE NEW GOVERNMENT?

The new government’s programme includes ambitious but realistic goals and fills in the gaps of the presidential and parliamentary election campaigns. The Servant of the People Party in the parliament demonstrates tentative signs of absence of firmness, after a couple of months of having supported all initiatives without reservations. For achieving fast and tangible results […]

EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES OF THE NEW TEAM

While too vague during the electoral campaigns period, the European integration track became more clear and nuanced with the new government coming into office in September 2019. The programme of Oleksiy Honcharuk’s government has a special chapter devoted to the issues of rapprochement with the EU and NATO. In some parts, it echoes the initiatives […]

PROMISES AND PITFALLS OF THE ‘YEAR OF BIG ELECTIONS’: CIVIL SOCIETY AND CIVIC ACTORS’ ATTEMPTS TO DELIVER REFORMS IN UKRAINE

Ukraine is rightly considered to be a country with a vibrant civil society and numerous non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) that push various agendas. However, the daunting task of bringing reforms to many domains inevitably raises the questions of prioritising, effectiveness, alliance-building, and competition. Presidential and parliamentary elections of 2019 led to […]

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