Ukraine's Future: The Challenges and Impact of Governance in Ukraine
Conference cohosted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, and the Atlantic Council
Zbigniew Brzezinski, former US National Security Advisor
Pavlo Klimkin, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine
Anders Aslund, Peterson Institute
Steven Pifer, Brookings Institution
Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC
July 7, 2011
The state of governance in Ukraine today is the subject of widespread debate. Ukrainian and international observers have cited corruption, flaws in the October 2010 local elections, inappropriate actions by the Security Service of Ukraine, and prosecution of opposition political figures as evidence of democratic backsliding under Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The president and his government deny these charges, contending that centralizing some authority is required to bring about order, govern effectively, and implement difficult and overdue economic reforms. What is happening with the state of governance in Ukraine? How is it affecting the Ukrainian economy and Ukraine's foreign relations, particularly with Europe and the United States? And how should the West engage the Yanukovych government and Ukrainian civil society to protect democratic and market-oriented progress?
On July 7, 2011, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings and the Atlantic Council cohosted a conference to address these and related questions. The conference opened with a discussion with Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Panels with leading American and European experts examined "The Challenges of Governance in Ukraine" and "The Impact on the Economy and Foreign Policy." In a keynote discussion, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor, offered brief comments and took audience questions.