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Author: Valerii Pekar

A forecast for Ukraine in 2020

What is in store for Ukraine in 2020? The scenarios will be shaped by global trends as never before. The pressure on Zelenskyy is likely to intensify both at home and abroad with focus on the peace process and the economy.

January 17, 2020 - Valerii Pekar

What kind of Ukraine does Russia want?

The characteristics of the Russian state point to what it hopes to achieve with regards to Ukraine.

December 20, 2019 - Valerii Pekar

Ukraine on three chess boards

Checkmate on one board will affect the other.

November 8, 2019 - Valerii Pekar

Ukraine: a 4 month forecast

President Zelenskyy's triumph in the parliamentary elections could mean fast changes. This happens while the threats to Ukraine's security and economy are increasing.

August 28, 2019 - Valerii Pekar

The new Ukrainian parliament at first glance

What will it look like?

July 24, 2019 - Valerii Pekar

Who is Mr Ze?

Comedian-candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy emerged as the clear victor in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential elections. His quick and bright rise to popularity might not be so shocking, however, if one considers the voting groups he captured and the methods his campaign employed in the process.

April 10, 2019 - Valerii Pekar

Rebooting institutions in Ukraine

The institution-building process in Ukraine has been complicated and remains incomplete. Incorporating best business practices and finding new people dedicated to transform Ukrainian state institutions could go a long way as Ukraine seeks to strengthen itself.

February 26, 2019 - Valerii Pekar

What should the West demand from Ukraine in 2019?

It has long been commonplace to say that as long as the old political class of Ukraine is not interested in changing the system, reforms in Ukraine are achieved only by joint pressure from the West and Ukrainian civil society. Why is that so?

January 22, 2019 - Valerii Pekar

Public administration reform in Ukraine: state-building on the march

Most reforms are painful by nature. How could Ukraine speed up the process in order to leave the country in a better shape before the crucial elections next year?

August 22, 2018 - Valerii Pekar

Making sense of Ukraine’s political competition

There are only three real parties in Ukraine: the party of the Past, the party of the Present, and the party of the Future. They are cross-factional and their membership is determined by values, rather than partisan identification.

April 5, 2018 - Valerii Pekar

Ukraine in 2017: A summary

The situation in Ukraine, at first glance, looks good: the military conflict is frozen, the macroeconomic stability has been achieved, the economy has started to grow, and the West continues to support the country. Despite the successes, however, Ukraine has failed to meet the expectations of its citizens.

January 25, 2018 - Valerii Pekar

Economic freedom for Ukraine

Ukraine needs economic growth, as it provides the resources for defence, social peace and reforms. The state's interference in the economy has been too strong and the increase of social obligations given the bad business climate has constrained business activity.

December 18, 2017 - Valerii Pekar

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