Power Vertical Podcast Ep. 29

There are dozens of candidates running for president of Ukraine. But only three that matter: the battered incumbent, the perennial contender, and that comedian with no political experience – who happens to be the frontrunner.

Five years after Ukraine’s Euromaidan uprising raised expectations for a bright European future, the country’s voters are effectively choosing from among two dinosaurs and a clown. Reform has been slow, corruption persists, and the war drags on. And given this, it is pretty easy to get cynical.

So are things as bad as they seem? Or are we missing the forest for the trees?

Listen to a special episode of the Power Vertical podcast with Brian Whitmore, Donald N. Jensen, and guest Melinda Haring editor of UkraineAlert at The Atlantic Council.

Photo: “Observation mission of the local elections in Ukraine – 25 October 2015” by Sandro Weltin/Council of Europe under CC BY-ND 2.0. 

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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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March 22, 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.