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Andreas Umland

About Andreas Umland

Andreas Umland, Ph. D., is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation at Kyiv, and General Editor of the book series „Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society“ published by ibidem Press at Stuttgart. Andreas is a political scientist, historian and Russian interpreter, specialising in contemporary Russian and Ukrainian history.

Could the West At Least Help Ukraine To Insure FDI Against Political Risks?

The West cannot protect Ukraine militarily, but it could partially compensate Russia’s targeted subversion of the Ukrainian business and investment climate through a well-publicised and liberally operating guarantee fund aimed at insuring FDI against political risks. This would concern mainly Ukrainian regions threatened by military destruction (as has occurred in the combat zones), arbitrary expropriation (as has occurred in Crimea) and coercive measures enforced by the threat of force (as has occurred in the separatist-controlled Donbas areas). The local impact, model function and signal effect of increasing foreign investment in Ukraine’s hinterlands would accelerate the country’s modernisation and integration into the global economy. Continue reading Could the West At Least Help Ukraine To Insure FDI Against Political Risks?