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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I question whether the U.K. and EU will become political and economic rivals, as geography, history, financial interests, security concerns, and shared values will necessitate continued close cooperation in some form for the foreseeable future. My bigger concern is the all-consuming nature of Brexit, which could prevent the U.K. especially and the EU from engaging effectively against international rivals. Brexit already dominates debates in London, with a divided Cabinet and parliament having limited bandwidth to engage on global challenges. Even if the U.K. parliament ratifies a Brexit deal, the two sides must then embark on equally complicated and domestically contentious negotiations about their future relationship. In some form, Brexit will afflict Europe for years and risks detracting attention from emerging threats.