Peterson Institute events
The Peterson Institute for International Economics is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan
research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy. More › ›
RSS News Feed Search

Conference

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 for International Economics
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.


Event Materials

Transcripts: Introduction [pdf] | Panel 1 [pdf] | Panel 2 [pdf] | Keynote speaker [pdf]

Handout: How Latvia Came through the Financial Crisis [pdf]
July 7, 2011

Book: How Ukraine Became a Market Economy and Democracy
Anders Åslund
March 2009


Agenda

Welcome and Introduction Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

 
Conversation with Pavlo Klimkin, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine

 
Moderator Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council

 
line
Panel 1: The Challenges of Governance in Ukraine

 
Moderator Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Panelists Adrian Karatnycky, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, New York

David Kramer, President, Freedom House, Washington

Andriy Kulykov, Talk Show Host, Svoboda Slova, ICTV

Oleh Rybachuk, Chairman, United Action Center, Kyiv

Victoria Sjumar, Executive Director, Institute of Mass Information, Kyiv

 
line
Panel 2: Impact on the Economy and Foreign Policy

 
Moderator Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Panelists Andriy Fialko, Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Ukraine, Kyiv

James Sherr, Senior Fellow, Royal Institute for International Affairs, London

Olga Shumylo-Tapiola, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Brussels

Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council, Washington

Jorge Zukoski, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, Kyiv

 
line
Keynote address Zbigniew Brzezinski, former US National Security Advisor Counselor and Trustee, Center for Strategic and International Studies

 
Chair C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics