President Poroshenko’s power consolidation—and pushback against it—is the hallmark of Ukrainian politics heading toward elections in 2019. Yet reform progress is being made, even if the pace remains slow.
Can Ukraine manage to overcome the daunting political, economic, social, and security challenges still facing the country?
In the past year, Ukraine’s reform progress slowed as the president consolidated power and key decentralization reforms met opposition in the parliament.
Decentralization reforms in Ukraine have begun to deliver results, but the government in Kyiv needs to find creative ways to ensure successful completion of the process.
Two years after the Maidan, most Ukrainians see little progress in fighting corruption.
Achieving progress on reforming Ukraine’s economy would send the strongest possible message to critics who doubt the country’s ability to operate as a modern state.
The severe political crisis in Kyiv has raised fundamental questions in recent weeks about the fate of Ukrainian reform.
Ukraine is in danger of repeating its experience after the 2004 Orange Revolution, when reformers won the vote in national elections but failed to govern effectively.
Ukraine has new institutions and a vibrant civil society, but a culture of corruption erodes state legitimacy. The state has been captured by enemies within.
To make progress on stamping out corruption, Ukraine requires targeted reform of the powerful institutions that perpetuate corrupt practices, particularly the justice system.