The Future of Ukrainian Democracy after Elections: Successes and Challenges

The Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program at the Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law has organized a conference on these political developments to discuss pertinent policy issues that will affect Ukraine’s future. This conference reflects how UELP fellows are creating an important place for conversation on global development and Ukraine at Stanford University by raising key questions about the country’s future direction. They are also providing knowledge to their own community by connecting stakeholders in Ukraine to resources at Stanford and Silicon Valley.

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Reforms in Ukraine

Reforms in Ukraine

Church and Identity

Church and Identity

New Faces in Ukrainian Politics

New Faces in Ukrainian Politics

Security and Foreign Policy

Security and Foreign Policy

Tech & Innovation: Shaping Ukrainian Future

Tech & Innovation: Shaping Ukrainian Future

Reforms in Ukraine

Since the Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine has been scrutinized for its record on implementing reforms. However, in the past five years there have been many more success stories than in the history of Ukrainian independence prior to 2014. This panel will explore some of the most successful reforms in post-Maidan Ukraine, such as steps taken to improve the health care system, economics, and anti-corruption efforts. Please join this discussion, which will be moderated by former Ambassador Steven Pifer.
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Nataliya Mykolska

Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Fellow/Former Trade Representative-Deputy Minsiter
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Nataliya Mykolska

Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Fellow/Former Trade Representative-Deputy Minsiter
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Mustafa Nayyem

Member of Parliament of Ukraine
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Mustafa Nayyem

Member of Parliament of Ukraine
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Oleksandr Saienko

Minister of Cabinet of Ministers
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Oleksandr Saienko

Minister of Cabinet of Ministers
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Oleksandra Ustinova

Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program/Former AntAc Board Member
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Oleksandra Ustinova

Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program/Former AntAc Board Member

Church and Identity

On January 5, 2019 the tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was signed, thus granting independence for the Ukrainian church, after centuries of subjugation to Russia. This was a historic move for Ukraine on many levels, from its cultural significance to its role in fighting Russian propaganda as the churches under the Moscow Patriarchate were massively used for propaganda Since then, at least 340 parishes that were formerly under the Moscow Patriarchate have joined with the newly independent church. The creation of an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a watershed moment in the global understanding of Ukrainian identity.
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Yury Avvakumov

Associate Professor of Theology and History of Christianity at the University of Notre Dame
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Yury Avvakumov

Associate Professor of Theology and History of Christianity at the University of Notre Dame
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Hanna Hopko

Member of Parliament of Ukraine/Head of Foreign Relations Committee
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Hanna Hopko

Member of Parliament of Ukraine/Head of Foreign Relations Committee
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Sevgil Musaeva

Editor-in-Chief, Ukrainska Pravda
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Sevgil Musaeva

Editor-in-Chief, Ukrainska Pravda
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Francis Fukuyama

Mosbacher Director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University
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Francis Fukuyama

Mosbacher Director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University
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Security and Foreign Policy

One of the largest challenges Ukraine’s next president will face is the security of the country against Russian aggression. The 2018 Kerch Strait incident not only demonstrated the relentlessness of Russia’s continued incursions on Ukrainian sovereignty, but raised questions as to how Ukraine and the West should act in light of such attacks. Whoever wins the spring 2019 presidential elections will face important strategic decisions in the war effort and cooperation with international allies. This panel will be moderated by FSI Director and former Ambassador Michael McFaul.
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Michael Carpenter

Senior Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global
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Michael Carpenter

Senior Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global
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Artur Gerasymov

Member of Parliament of Ukraine
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Artur Gerasymov

Member of Parliament of Ukraine
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Hanna Hopko

Member of Parliament of Ukraine/Head of Foreign Relations Committee
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Hanna Hopko

Member of Parliament of Ukraine/Head of Foreign Relations Committee
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Steven Pifer

Steven Pifer William J. Perry fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Steven Pifer

Steven Pifer William J. Perry fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Tech and Innovation

IT industry is a growth engine of Ukraine’s economy. Ukraine IT outsourcing industry is a globally recognized leader. Tech ventures working with enterprise software, ML / AI, cyber security, life-science, big data management, gaming, agribusiness and e-commerce. The panel aims to help building bridges between Ukraine, Stanford and Silicon Valley. This panel will be moderated by Nataliya Mykolska.
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Olena Boytsun

Luminate Group
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Olena Boytsun

Luminate Group
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Jerry Kaplan

Stanford University
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Jerry Kaplan

Stanford University
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John Sung Kim

CEO, JetBridge
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John Sung Kim

CEO, JetBridge
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Ivan Prymachenko

Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Fellow/Prometheus
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Ivan Prymachenko

Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Fellow/Prometheus

MAY 10, 2019

Reforms in Ukraine