Olga Shumylo-Tapiola

Former Nonresident Associate
Carnegie Europe
Shumylo-Tapiola is a nonresident associate at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where her research focuses on Eastern Europe and Eurasia.


MSc, European Institute of the London School of Economics
MA, BA, Kyiv Institute of International Relations 


English; Russian; Ukrainian


Olga Shumylo-Tapiola is a nonresident associate at Carnegie Europe in Brussels. Based in Chisinau, Shumylo-Tapiola’s research focuses on Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Shumylo-Tapiola is a former director of the International Centre for Policy Studies, a leading independent Ukrainian think tank that specialized in relations between the European Union and Ukraine.

Shumylo-Tapiola participated in the development of the European Commission’s Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) formula, and lead a team of Ukrainian experts to assess the impact of the future EU-Ukraine DCFTA and the readiness of the Ukrainian government to implement the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda.

In 2008, Shumylo-Tapiola served in the Ukrainian government, advising the deputy prime minister on European integration.

  • Carnegie.ru Commentary August 15, 2013
    Ukraine Between East and West

    While analysts are trying to predict whether Ukraine will go East or West, the country is standing still. On August 14, 2013 Moscow made Ukraine’s choice easier by starting yet another trade war.

  • Carnegie.ru Commentary July 11, 2013
    Ukraine: Democracy Has a Chance

    Still struggling to impose change from the top with the Association Agreement in Ukraine, the EU should complement it with reaching out to the Ukrainian population beyond the small group of pro-European NGOs.

  • Lithuania
    Article June 4, 2013
    A Successful Vilnius Summit: Mission Possible

    The EU has the opportunity to forge a more effective policy in the Eastern Partnership region. Now it needs to harness the courage and vision to make a real difference.

  • Yanukovych; Van Rompuy
    Article April 16, 2013
    Why Does Ukraine Matter to the EU?

    A real discussion of the EU’s interests in Ukraine that moves beyond generalities may help member states avoid further frustrations and help the EU get more out of its relations with Kyiv.

  • Q&A March 1, 2013
    The EU-Ukraine Summit and Beyond

    Despite Viktor Yanukovych's promises of reform, an Association Agreement with the European Union has not gotten any closer.

  • Policy Paper February 19, 2013
    The EU in the East: Too Ambitious in Rhetoric, Too Unfocused in Action

    Encouraging a multi-stakeholder dialogue and amplifying the voice of non-state actors acting in the public interest are key issues on which the Union should focus its assistance to the East.

  • Article December 17, 2012
    Ukrainians Are Fighting the Wrong Enemy

    Ukraine is believed to be one step from joining the Eurasian Customs Union, and Ukrainians may be the only ones who can help stop this eastward slide.

  • Strategic Europe December 3, 2012
    The EU: Blackmailing Will Get you Nowhere

    Russia, Ukraine, and the EU’s other neighbors will have to learn that ultimatums are counter-productive and alienate the EU, forcing it to reject proposals coming from the east.

  • Strategic Europe November 22, 2012
    A Medical Report on a Patient: Ukraine

    On the eighth anniversary of the Orange revolution, Olga Shumylo-Tapiola explains that awakening Ukrainian society is the key to putting the country back on the right path.

  • Ukraine
    Article October 25, 2012
    The Three Uncertainties of Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

    While the outcome of Ukraine’s upcoming parliamentary elections is unclear, the result is unlikely to change the country’s power structure.

  • Saakashvili; Yanukovych
    January 14, 2013 Brussels
    Georgia and Ukraine: Road to Democracy?

    Recent developments in Europe’s post-Soviet neighborhood, in countries like Georgia and Ukraine, have highlighted the region’s struggling efforts for democratization.

  • Carnegie Europe
    October 24, 2012 Brussels
    The Eurasian Customs Union: What’s in it for the EU?

    The Eurasian customs union formed by Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan in 2010—the largest in the world by territory—is becoming very real.

  • April 4, 2012 Washington, D.C.
    Can Ukraine Reform?

    The Yanukovych regime, like previous Ukrainian administrations, has yet to implement the comprehensive reform agenda needed to eliminate corruption and spur economic growth.

  • March 20, 2012 Moscow Русский
    Prospects for Ukraine’s Integration

    Ukraine’s European integration has slowed and relations with Russia show no signs of progress.

  • December 12, 2011 Brussels
    Ukrainian Identity 20 Years After Independence

    This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the creation of an independent Ukraine. Yet after two decades, there are still no easy answers to questions of Ukrainian identity.

  • Štefan Füle; Eastern Partnership
    December 7, 2011 Brussels
    Transforming Belarus: Ways Ahead

    With independent polls indicating that Belarusians neither favor the current government’s course nor see any alternative in the opposition, the status quo must change in favor of the citizens.

  • November 14, 2011 Washington, D.C.
    20 Years of Ukraine's Independence

    The twentieth anniversary of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union comes at a moment of unique challenge and opportunity for the country, as Ukrainians look to their new leaders to resolve longstanding problems.

  • September 8, 2011 Brussels
    Russian Soft Power: The Evolution of a Strategy

    While dialogue between the European Union and Russia on Moscow’s foreign policy typically focuses on hard power topics, the West’s expansion has prompted the Kremlin to develop its soft power toward post-Soviet states.

  • Van Rompuy and Medvedev
    June 7, 2011 Brussels
    Common Neighborhood, Common Interests?

    The EU's Eastern Neighborhood policy is unrealistic in the face of Russian pragmatism and the neighborhood’s immediate concerns.

  • May 26, 2011 Brussels
    EU-Ukraine DCFTA: How Close, How Deep and How Expensive?

    While the European Union is keen to strengthen its relations with Ukraine, some member states are wary of the lack of democracy and the weak rule of law in the country.

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