Two years after Viktor Yanukovych became president of Ukraine, serious questions have arisen about the state of democracy in the country and the economy, particularly in the crucial energy sector. At the same time, the gap between Ukraine and Europe appears to be growing, raising questions about how the United States and Europe should respond.
On March 27, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings (CUSE) will host a discussion on the challenges facing Ukraine, the U.S. and the European Union. In the first panel, Edward Chow, senior fellow with the Center for Strategic & International Studies; Nadia Diuk, vice president at the National Endowment for Democracy; and Brookings Senior Fellow Steven Pifer will discuss current Ukrainian domestic and foreign policy. Brookings Senior Fellow Fiona Hill, director of CUSE, will moderate. In the second panel, Pirkka Tapiola, an officer with the European External Action Service, and Daniel Russell, deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, will discuss the European Union and U.S. policy responses. Senior Fellow Steven Pifer will moderate.
After each panel, participants will take audience questions.
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Vice President, Programs—Africa, Central Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean
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[Trump] didn't say one word about Ukraine and he had to be briefed on this stuff. The only person to say that the United States says the annexation of Crimea wasn't legal and disagrees with Russia was the president of Russia. The overall contrast [with Trump's criticisms of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and the EU earlier in the trip] coupled with Trump's inability to say Russia had done anything to contribute to the downturn of US-Russia relations, either way it's scary. Either he forgot there's a problem or he wasn't willing. He would have had no problem listing his grievances against Germany, but against Putin, he's not capable of saying anything.