Issue Brief posted March 7, 2014
Aid to Ukraine Should Not Be Held Hostage by IMF Politics
The Obama Administration is insisting that before Congress can support courageous, Westward-looking Ukrainians, it must first reduce the power of the United States at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The White House wants Congress to attach its approval of an IMF governance “reform package” that has been pending for three years to any legislation providing…
Issue Brief posted March 4, 2014
Russia, the West, and Ukraine: Time for a Strategy—Not Hope
On February 28, Russian troops, aided by pro-Russian local militia, began violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity by occupying important sites across the Crimean Peninsula. Under the pretext of “protecting Russian people,” the deployment of Russian troops into Crimea demonstrates a blatant disregard of Ukraine’s national sovereignty.
Russia’s anachronistic irredentist…
Issue Brief posted January 24, 2014
Ukraine’s Anti-Protest Laws: A Step Backwards in Time
Violent clashes between police and demonstrators erupted in Kyiv, Ukraine, last weekend in the wake of new legislation effectively banning public protest. If the two sides do not take a step back from the brink, the confrontation may lead to chaos, when neither the government nor the opposition have control.
The legislation, passed on January 16 by President Victor…
Issue Brief posted December 13, 2013
The U.S. Should Lead on Ukraine
U.S. policy toward Ukraine suffered a significant self-inflicted injury early Thursday morning when President Viktor Yanukovich dispatched riot-control teams to disperse peaceful demonstrators in the center of Kyiv, the ancient capital of Ukraine.
So far, the White House and the State Department have been behind the curve on one of the most important geopolitical crises…
Backgrounder posted October 21, 2013
Why the U.S. Should Support Ukraine’s Association and Free Trade Agreements with Europe
On August 17, 2013, the Kyiv-based website Ukraine Today published a document summarizing the Kremlin’s strategy on how to force Ukraine to join Russia’s sphere of influence. The Russian strategy, which the Kremlin has not disavowed, is designed to pressure Ukraine into joining a Moscow-led Customs Union (which currently includes Belarus and Kazakhstan). The strategy…
Issue Brief posted March 19, 2012
NATO Enlargement Should Top Obama Agenda in Chicago
In May, NATO leaders will meet for the annual heads of state and government summit in Chicago. Absent from the summit’s agenda is the issue of enlargement—a pillar of the alliance. Since taking office, President Obama has done little to support the membership of qualified candidates. This year’s NATO summit provides an opportunity to correct this.
NATO’s “open door…
WebMemo posted September 14, 2011
Ukraine Needs an Economic Freedom “Reset”
Ukraine is at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Its global economic integration among free, democratic, and prosperous nations should be an important American foreign policy priority. A rebirth of economic freedom in Ukraine could have a positive impact not only on Eastern Europe but also in Russia and other post-Soviet states.
Achieving this desirable…
WebMemo posted February 12, 2010
After Ukraine Elections: What Is Next for U.S. Policy?
On February 7, Ukrainians elected former Prime Minister Victor Yanukovych as president, a defeat for current Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The first round of elections, held on January 17, appeared to be free and fair. The U.S. embassy and OSCE concluded that the second round of runoff elections were free and fair as well. Ukrainian courts may review some of…
Video Recorded on January 7, 2009
Strengthening NATO: Advice for Obama
Sally McNamara, Senior Policy Analyst for European Affairs at The
Heritage Foundation, discusses how President-elect Obama can keep
his pledge to strengthen American and global security by gaining
additional European commitments for the mission in Af…