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Results, Reforms, and Realpolitik: Ukraine Goes to the Polls

October 24, 2014 • 2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT

Please join us for a timely discussion on the upcoming Ukrainian national elections. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko dissolved the Rada in August and called for early elections. Against the backdrop of a ceasefire with Russia that has diminished but not ended the bloodshed; an unresolved energy dispute with Russia; slow progress on domestic reforms; and an economy that continues to contract, Ukrainians will head to the polls on Sunday, October 26th to elect leaders that will chart Ukraine’s future course. What are the most important issues to understand and to watch following the election? How has the United States assisted the Ukrainian government to prepare for these elections? If some regions of Ukraine are unable to cast their ballot, does this diminish the result? What is at stake for Ukraine, Russia, Europe and the United States? Our expert panelists will share their unique insights on developments in Ukraine and reflect on the significance of this election.

Results, Reforms, and Realpolitik: Ukraine Goes to the Polls


Ms. Paige Alexander
Assistant Administrator, Europe and Eurasia Bureau, USAID


The Hon. Edward "Ted" Kaufman
Former U.S. Senator, and
Delegate, Pre-Election Mission to Ukraine, National Democratic Institute

Moderated by

Ms. Heather A. Conley
Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and
Director of the CSIS Europe Program