Ukrainians in 2018: Where do they stand?

David Marples Ukrainian politics are always complex. For the past three and one half years the leadership, in the form of President Petro Poroshenko, has remained stable, though increasingly unpopular. He is likely to stand for reelection in 2019, if not sooner. Otherwise the clearest thing about the views of the electorate is that it […]

Saakashvili’s Escapades in Ukraine

SAAKASHVILI’S ESCAPADES IN UKRAINE David Marples Mikeil Saakashvili’s dramatic return to Ukraine has elicited numerous comments on social media, most of which regard his actions as a positive boost to his reputation and a negative impact on the presidency of Petro Poroshenko, who deprived him of his Ukrainian citizenship in July. But what will be […]

Poroshenko, Polls, and the Rise of the ‘Gas Princess’

David Marples The past week has seen a veritable media circus around the revelations of the Panama Papers, in which, among many others, the name of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko appears, accused of opening an offshore account while his country suffered its worst defeat in the war against Donbas separatists in August 2014. What is […]

Decentralization: Pros, Cons, and Prospects

David Marples Introduction The reform process in Ukraine introduced after the Euromaidan protests has a number of facets. One of the most critical falls under the headline “decentralization.” This paper explores what is meant by this term in the context of contemporary Ukraine. It also examines the prospects for the success of the reform, its […]

Ukraine’s Quest for Survival: a Review of 2015

David Marples A year that began with the battle of Debaltseve in Ukraine ended with more centrally based conflicts inside the Parliament. The contrast is symbolic: the main problems for Ukraine may now lie within the heart of the country rather than from the Russian-supported separatist regimes in Donetsk and Luhansk. The Debaltseve conflict, which […]