The EU and US should ensure there is a long-term strategy to support Ukraine in its transition, experts told an audience of more than 50 at an EHU-moderated luncheon discussion in Washington, DC.
"Kyiv and After: Ukraine, Russia, and the West" took place at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and featured remarks by former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow and President of Friends of EHU Robert Nurick, Director of the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute Matthew Rojansky, and Oleh Shamshur, former ambassador of Ukraine to the United States and current foreign policy advisor to Ukrainian politician Vitali Klitschko. The panel discussed Ukraine’s precarious situation, Russia’s strategy and tactics in the region, and the West’s response and interests.
The panelists emphasized that the current situation would likely have long-term consequences for the stability of the entire Eastern European region and requires greater commitment from the West. Panelists also recognized the need to provide immediate financial support to Ukraine as well as the necessity for Ukraine to carry out reforms and strengthen anti-corruption efforts.
The discussion was co-sponsored by American Councils for International Education, the Kennan Institute of the Wilson Center, and Friends of EHU—EHU’s international volunteer support organization.