Ukraine: Today’s Issues and Tomorrow’s Opportunities
Twenty years after regaining independence, Ukraine continues to face a number of challenging issues—both at home and in its relations abroad. Questions remain on how to effectively consolidate the country’s economic reforms, including in the crucial energy sector, and build an open and competitive market economy. In the political realm, questions persist as to whether the country will develop a political system that reflects democratic values compatible with the standards of Europe. Balancing foreign policy interests between Russia and the West also remains a critical challenge.
On October 12, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings hosted Vitaliy Klychko, chairman of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms, member of the Kyiv city council and three-time world heavyweight boxing champion, for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities Ukraine faces.
After the program, Mr. Klychko took audience questions. Brookings Senior Fellow Steven Pifer moderated the discussion.
“The 21st century has revalued these small geographies. That’s what the 21st century demands,” Katz said, noting that these days, “[w]e aren’t innovating in isolated business parks” in the suburbs.