Why Ukraine 2020?

For any country to progress, it needs to develop strategic understanding, vision, and plans that look beyond the realities of current political cycles. By focusing on 2020, nearly two presidential terms from now in both Ukraine and the United States, the project aims to help its participants look beyond current political personalities and develop their understanding of societal realities and needs. It does this, however, in full awareness of the realities of current and evolving political, economic, societal, and international dynamics. In short, we seek to answer the question: "How can we understand the future, in order to influence it by acting effectively today?"

Featured News

The Eurasian tug-of-war

The Economist
July 6, 2013

Personal Data and Public Broadcasting Laws Streamline Ukraine's European Integration

The Wall Street Journal
July 4, 2013

Attention EU: Sign the association agreement with Ukraine

By Will Ritter
Kyiv Post
March 17, 2013

Ukraine 2020 Policy Dialogue - Overview

U.S.-Ukraine Foundation Update
June 5, 2012 - Issue 14

Euro 2012 turning into political headache, economic concern for Ukraine

Associated Press   
May 9, 2012

KIEV, Ukraine — The June Euro 2012 football championship was Ukraine’s chance to shine: forge closer ties with the West, boost its international standing and aid its struggling economy.

Tymoshenko case: Ukraine postpones European summit

BBC News   
May 8, 2012

Ukraine has postponed a summit of Central and East European leaders planned for this week after several of them said they would boycott it.

Ukraine and the European Union: No half-time oranges for Viktor

The Economist   
May 5, 2012

Viktor Yanukovych’s mistreatment of Yulia Tymoshenko symbolises a rotten rule that Europe can no longer ignore.

What’s behind the bombings in Ukraine?

Matthew Rojansky – Special to CNN   
April 27, 2012

Details are scarce, but we know for now that two dozen or more people have been injured in multiple bombing attacks in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk.

Oil majors’ bids give Ukraine a boost

Roman Olearchuk   
Financial Times                
April 24, 2012

Five international energy groups have placed bids for the first multi-billion-dollar hydrocarbon exploration and production licences offered by Ukraine under a plan to reduce dependence on Russian fuel imports.

Ukraine at a crossroads

Damon M. Wilson   
April 18, 2012

Diplomats recently initialed a landmark agreement intended to draw Ukraine closer to the European Union, but the continued imprisonment of two major opposition leaders is pushing Ukraine further from its European aspirations.

Ukrainian civil society: Eleven wise men

The Economist   
Apr 12, 2012

Twenty years ago, the West tried to build civil society in post-Soviet Ukraine. Now 11 Ukrainian intellectuals have taken the matter into their own hands.

Ukraine and the EU: We agree that we may agree at some unspecified point in the future

The Economist   
Apr 4, 2012

LAST week Brussels, the capital of European non-events, hosted another meeting between European Union and Ukrainian diplomats. On 30th March they initialed an "Association Agreement". That does not mean they signed it.

Ukraine-Russia gas situation

Zoya Burbeza   
Kyiv Post   
March 28, 2012

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has confirmed Ukraine’s intention to significantly reduce imports of Russian natural gas.

Ukraine’s President in Q&A on Nuclear Safety, IMF, Russian Gas

Wall Street Journal Blog – Emerging Europe   
March 28, 2012

Safety Check

Artur Denysenko  
Ukrainian Week   
March 28, 2012

The results of stress tests run at Ukraine’s nuclear power stations are comforting but fail to explain why the facilities' equipment malfunctions so often.

Despite pressure, Ukraine manages to stand up for its interests

Viacheslav Pikhovshek   
Kyiv Post   
March 27, 2012

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych sits during a working lunch at the Nuclear Security Summit at the Coex Center, in Seoul, South Korea, on March 27, 2012.

Ukraine inches towards adopting IFRS standards

Jakub Parusinski  
Kyiv Post    
March 23, 2012

But companies are still far away from implementing the gold standard of accounting.

Ukraine Is On the Way to Isolation

Dietmar Stüdemann   
Ukrainian Week   
March 15, 2012

A government must always be under control to be democratic.

Church Opposition

Anatoliy Khlivnyi   
Ukrainian Week   
March 14, 2012 

Metropolitan Sofroniy Dmytruk talks about the intrigue surrounding the election of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Putin and Ukraine: The Calm Before the Storm

Olga Shumylo-Tapiola    Commentary   
March 12, 2012

Relations between Moscow and Kyiv have been unexpectedly rocky in recent years. However, as Russia entered its latest election cycle, the Kremlin’s attention drifted away from Ukraine.

The Underachiever: Ukraine's Economy Since 1991

Pekka Sutela   
Carnegie Endowment Paper   
March 2012

When Ukraine became independent in 1991, there were expectations that it would in the near future become a wealthy free market democracy and a full member of the European and Euro-Atlantic communities.

Addicted to Spending

Vyacheslav Darpіnyants   
Ukrainian Week   
February 24, 2012  

Despite the global crisis, Ukraine is increasing its foreign debt while producing and selling less and buying more

Diplomatic Advice

Dmytro Hubenko and Oleksandr Kramar   
Ukrainian Week   
February 24, 2012

Wolf Dietrich Heim, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria in Ukraine, talks to The Ukrainian Week about cooling relations between the EU and official Kyiv, the prospects of Austrian banks in Ukraine and the future of the Eurozone.

Road Map to an Economic Marvel

Bohdan Tsiupyn   
Ukrainian Week   
February 23, 2012  

Michael Spence, recipient of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, explains why Ukraine, unlike Brazil or South Korea, has failed to make an economic breakthrough.

Ukraine’s archaic education system must change
Marta Farion   
Kyiv Post   
Feb 15, 2012

The drafts of a law on higher education proposed a year ago and again in December provide a tangible example of conflicting world views.

Chairman of the PACE Socialist Group Andreas Gross: Kyiv May see Another Maidan

Alla Lazareva   
Ukrainian Week   
February 7, 2012

Andreas Gross criticized the actions of the Party of Regions, a political partner of the group he heads, in his interview with The Ukrainian Week.

Ukraine at a Crossroads: What's at Stake for the U.S. and Europe?

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on European Affairs    Feburary 1, 2012
Testimony by:

  1. Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter, Eugenia Tymoshenko
  2. The Honorable Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Center on the U.S. and Europe, The Brookings Institution
  3. Mr. Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council
  4. Mr. Edward Chow, Senior Fellow, Energy & National Security Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies.

Ukrainian Justice - Perception and Practice

Dmytro Hubenko and Oleksandr Mikhelson   
Ukrainian Week  
January 27, 2012

Mikael Lyngbo: Ukraine has decent legislation, but gaps in procedural process.

Ukraine Suffers Steepest Decline in Democracy of Any Major Nation in Last Two Years 

Kyiv Post   
January 20, 2012

Ukraine has regressed to the Leonid Kuchma days, a decade associated more with authoritarianism, lawlessness, crony capitalism and corruption than with democracy.