Virtual Roundtable: One Year of Zelenskyy’s Presidency: Is Ukraine’s Foreign Policy in Lockdown?

Speakers discuss the major events that shaped Ukraine’s foreign policy in the first year of Zelenskyy’s presidency. 

Research event Invitation only Recording
20 May 2020 — 4:00PM TO 5:30PM

May 20 marks one year since Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s inauguration as president. His victory in the elections led many in Ukraine to hope for an economic breakthrough and an end to the armed conflict in Donbas.

But, inexperienced in international politics, Zelenskyy and his team have struggled with managing many of the foreign policy crises that hit them. Their efforts to resolve the conflict in the east have not borne results, and US President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and the downing of a Ukrainian passenger airplane in Iran have dominated Kyiv’s foreign policy agenda in the past year.

As advancing Ukraine’s national interest is becoming increasingly difficult, where does the country stand with regard to sustaining international support for its sovereignty and territorial integrity?

  • What are the prospects for the next Normandy Format meeting and for resolving the conflict in Donbas?

  • Is there a diplomatic gridlock with Washington?

  • Has progress been made in implementing Ukraine’s EU and NATO integration agendas?

  • How can Ukraine cope on the diplomatic front during the COVID-19 pandemic?


Vasyl Bodnar, Deputy Foreign Minister, Ukraine
Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, Deputy Head of Presidential Administration, Ukraine (2015-2019)
Alyona Getmanchuk, Director, New Europe Center
Chair: Kataryna Wolczuk, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme

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