Is Ukraine on the Right Course?

Policy Forum
December 6, 2017
12:00PM to 1:30PM EST
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute
Featuring Mikheil Saakashvili (via Skype), Former President of Georgia, Former Governor of the Odessa region in Ukraine; Sergei Nosenko, Founder, Rozvitok (Development); Kateryna Smagliy, Director, Kiev office, Kennan Institute; moderated by Andrei Illarionov, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.

Nearly four years have passed since Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity brought down the corrupt government of Viktor Yanukovych. The revolution inspired widespread support and generated hope for a better future; yet Ukrainians’ expectations are far from being met. The economy has shrunk by 16 percent; the authorities have devalued the currency and defaulted on debt; living standards have plummeted; and growth remains weak. Levels of corruption and of political and civil liberties have hardly changed. The government’s unwillingness to reform has frustrated Ukrainians and foreign allies alike. Join us to hear a panel of experts explain Ukraine’s trajectory, make policy recommendations, and discuss prospects for change.