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Trump and Poroshenko: Billionaire Business Presidents who can Stop Putin

Donald Trump wants the Pentagon and America’s allies to spend dramatically more on military defence to protect against terrorism and aggression. What’s interesting is that the poster child for such national mobilization is Ukraine. In just two years since 9% of the country was occupied by Russian operatives and military, Ukraine now has Europe’s second… Read More

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What Does Trump Mean for Ukraine?

Will Trump’s Foreign Policy Make Any Sense? BY DIANE FRANCIS Jared Kushner (L) and Stephen Bannon stand by as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Canton, Ohio, September 14, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar The election of Donald Trump marks a turning point in the world of international relations. Speculation abounds as to… Read More

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Ukraine Needs National Reform Coalition to Remove Oligarchy

Mikheil Saakashvili’s resignation this week does not mark the failure of reform efforts in Ukraine. It opens a new chapter. “Odesa can only develop once Kyiv will be freed from these bribe takers, who directly patronize organized crime and lawlessness,” he bluntly told journalists when he announced he was quitting on November 7. This opinion… Read More

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Ukraine’s “invisible” refugee crisis due to Putin’s War

Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan are not the world’s only major “refugee” hosting nations. Ukraine too hosts enormous numbers of people who have had to leave their homes because of war. Millions fled their homes in 2014 after Russian operatives and tanks invaded Ukraine’s eastern regions and annexed Crimea. But they are not labeled “refugees.” Instead,… Read More

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Ukraine’s Survivor: Yulia Tymoshenko

Yulia Tymoshenko no longer braids her blond hair, but looks like a corporate lawyer from Berlin or Brussels, complete with glasses, an hour-glass figure, poise and exquisite grooming. She is the most famous and most controversial figure in Ukraine. And, however historians or critics judge her, she embodies the hardship endured by Ukraine’s people in… Read More

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Dec. 2 Kyiv Ukraine: Keynote at Tiger Conference

The work toward rebuilding Ukraine and forging a fair and decent social contract continues given the country’s systemic problems such as corruption and lack of human rights or economic freedoms. The Kyiv Post every year hosts a conference that features high profile Ukrainian and global experts to discuss the country’s challenges and provide solutions. For… Read More

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Germany Moves to Take a Bigger Role by Expanding Military

First published August 26, 2016 in the National Post National Post BAYREUTH, Germany – Police guard the main entrance to Richard Wagner’s storied Festival Hall for the first time in years. The security protects opera buffs who travel here every summer, amid concerns about protests or worse. The police presence underscores a new reality. Germany,… Read More

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Stolen Future: Atlantic Council/Newsweek Major Issue Paper by Diane Francis on Russia-Ukrainian Corruption

Atlantic Council published May 10, 2016 Diane Francis’ new issue brief, “Stolen Future,” exposes the depth and breadth of the economic devastation a corruption fueled oligarchy has wrought in Ukraine. In the wake of the Euromaidan Revolution, Ukraine has the opportunity to break the cycle of wealth appropriation which has plagued both Russia and Ukraine… Read More

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