Ukraine has proceeded far in its post-Communist economic transformation. Access to foreign export markets has become a key question for Ukraine's economic future. Trade policy has gained such importance for Ukraine's aspiration's for accelerated growth and reaching its Millenium Development Goals that it should be Ukraine's predominant economic policy and international policy priority.
Viktor Yuschenko, former Prime Minister of Ukraine, speaks on current political situation in Ukraine and on his role as a member of the Ukrainian parliament. Read the summary of the full transcript.
The soon-to-be members of the EU are to be congratulated but a new divide has emerged to their east. Until now, the EU has been so preoccupied with its enlargement that it has had little time to look further east. It must now face up to its responsibility and focus on what it can do. The EU's goal should be to integrate the post-Soviet economies for mutual economic benefit and political stability.
The dual enlargement of the West--the expansion of both the NATO alliance and the European Union--is one of the most important and least understood developments in contemporary foreign and security policy.
Highly distinguished contributors from both East and West examine the complicated and multi-faceted process of NATO and EU enlargement in the context of the changed global situation since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
If the U.S. succeeds in getting Ukraine to face up to the proliferation threat that its nuclear capabilities still pose, then we might be on the road to restoring the U.S.-Ukrainian bilateral relationship. And if Russia proves to be a good partner in this effort, then it might open up important possibilities for the future. In particular, if this works, then maybe it will work on North Korea.
Olexander Moroz is the leader of Ukrainian Socialist Party, and served as speaker of the Rada from 1994 to 1998. He spoke at the Carnegie Endowment on the possibilities for political change in Ukraine.
Ukraine began the WTO accession process in 1993, and is now entering the final stage of accession, as is evidenced by its passage of nine bilateral protocols on market access in the past 18 months, with traditional trading partners such as Slovenia, Latvia and Georgia, as well as Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, and most recently, India.