As so often in the past quarter century, Ukraine is again in the news internationally, with questions being asked about how President Trump’s apparently friendly attitude towards Putin might affect the issues of Crimean annexation and the Russian intervention in the Donbas. Such a threat to the sovereignty of a nation that declared independence from the USSR only 25 years ago, gives cause for good analyses of how Ukraine has developed. Continue reading The Political Economy of Independent Ukraine: Late Starts, False Starts, and Last Chance?
In February 2014 the Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine achieved its first goal of ousting the rapacious, corrupt regime of President Yanukovich; this was followed by open and fair elections for President and then Parliament. The new government then started to work on the Revolution’s second and third goals: to move quickly on integration with Europe including eventual EU membership, and to implement a programme of rapid economic reforms to repair the economic mismanagement of the past quarter century. Continue reading Ukraine Needs the European Union’s Moral Support To Complete Its Reforms And Integrate With Europe