This memo offers a baseline assessment of the reform process as it stands a year and a half after the Euromaidan protests and the fall of Viktor Yanukovych’s government.
To defend the rules of the current international order, the West should push back against Russia and support Ukraine in its effort to build a capable state and a viable economy.
Ukraine’s old, corrupt political system is determined to resist change. At the same time, the country’s civil society activists are determined to change that system.
Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine is forcing NATO to rethink the strategic benefits of further alliance enlargement.
In crisis situations between the West and Russia, the OSCE offers a useful safety net to preserve a minimum level of stability. No other body could replace it.
Greece’s economic crisis and the war in Ukraine pose similar threats to Europe’s security—threats that most European leaders prefer to ignore.
Whatever new geopolitical order emerges between the EU, Ukraine, and Russia, will rest on a joint understanding about the economic relationship between the three.
European leaders should not be tempted into believing that Russia has been humiliated since the breakup of the Soviet Union. The price of such thinking would be incalculable.
Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Despite the Ukraine crisis being the most serious between Russia and the West since the Cold War, the West must not forget the importance of stable relations with Moscow.