Power Vertical Podcast Ep. 44

The economy is improving. Long-stalled land reforms are on the way. A historic prisoner swap with Russia was just completed. And the novice president is proving himself surprisingly tough and adept in dealing with the revanchist Kremlin regime to the north.

Just over 100 days into Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s term, that strange sound you hear is the sound of optimism in Ukraine.

Joining Brian Whitmore to consider if this optimism is warranted or yet another false dawn is CEPA’s Donald N. Jensen and special guest Volodymyr Dubovyk, an associate professor in the Faculty of International Relations at Mechnikov National University in Odessa and director of its Center for International Studies.

Audio Clip: “Inaugural Address by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy” by the office of the President of Ukraine under CC BY 4.0.

Photo: “Participation in the events on the Day of the State Flag” by the office of the President of Ukraine under CC BY 4.0.

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Brian Whitmore

Brian Whitmore is Director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Before joining CEPA he was Senior Russia Analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He also worked as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe in Moscow and Prague; as a graduate instructor in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina; and as a visiting lecturer in the History Faculty at Mechnikov National University in Odessa, Ukraine and the International Relations Faculty at St. Petersburg State University.

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September 13, 2019

The Power Vertical is a CEPA podcast covering the Kremlin for Kremlin watchers. All opinions are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the position or views of the institutions they represent or the Center for European Policy Analysis.