What is at Stake in Ukraine's Elections?

19 October 2009 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Chatham House, London


Volodymyr Lytvyn, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine



As Ukraine prepares for its first presidential election since the Orange Revolution, the challenges for the next president are as formidable as ever. The conflict over the division of powers between executive and legislature has yet to be resolved. The global economic crisis has hit Ukraine hard, and the threat of another gas crisis remains. Uncertainty also lingers over Ukraine's geopolitical future - with EU and NATO integration faltering, and Russian rhetoric growing increasingly aggressive, how will Ukraine's President manage relations with its powerful neighbour, protect the country's sovereignty, and reach out to the West?

Volodymyr Lytvyn, one of Ukraine's leading politicians and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, will discuss January's presidential elections in Ukraine and the challenges facing the next administration.

This meeting will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

For more information please contact Alex Nice.