The Struggle for Ukraine
James Sherr, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Professor Kataryna Wolczuk, Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham
Chair: Orysia Lutsevych, Manager, Ukraine Forum, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Four years on from the start of Ukraine’s ‘Euromaidan’ protests and Russia’s subsequent annexation of Crimea, Ukraine continues to fight for its survival as an independent and viable state. Despite sealing a landmark association agreement with the European Union, avoiding succumbing to Russian military aggression, and delivering on policy reforms in a wide range of areas, Ukraine continues to face a number of challenges.
Drawing on findings from their recent report, panellists discuss prospects for Ukraine’s future and put forward suggestions for change among citizens, the economy and the political leadership. What are the prospects for Ukraine’s internal security and will the West continue to provide critical support to Ukraine? How can Ukraine best advance its integration into western structures? And what is the likelihood for sustainable economic and political reform and what are the dangers that current efforts will stall?