Special Evening to Celebrate the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program
The event was comprised of a panel and a performance by Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, lead singer of the band Okean Elzy and visiting scholar at CDDRL, and pianist Fima Chupakhin.
About the Event
Francis Fukuyama, CDDRL Mosbacher Director
Taras Shevchenko, Stanford DHSF '07
Rustem Umerov, Astem.Foundation
Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, CDDRL Visiting Scholar
Fukuyama explained the importance of why Ukraine, and why now. In terms of world politics today, he said, Ukraine occupies a very central role. Ukraine's development as a democratic nation is juxtaposed with the case of Russia—a country that had once tried to be democratic that has now moved seriously towards authoritarianism. This conflict between Ukraine and Russia has come to represent a conflict of values between countries that seek to become genuine democracies, and those that are kleptocratic regimes.
H.E. Valeriy Chalyi put the vital relationship between Ukraine and the US in the context of international security concerns. In particular he noted that Western support is not only vital for Ukraine’s security on its eastern flank, but that supporting Ukraine is crucial for the security of Europe as a whole.
Lenna Koszarny discussed the positives of the Ukrainian economic situation despite misconceptions about the political situation. In particular she highlighted how far Ukraine has come in regards to economic development in the last three years.
Finally, Professor Michael McFaul provided his diplomatic insight on the relationship of US-Ukraine relations with Russian policy. He outlined how the US can learn from Putin’s perspectives on Ukrainian policy, and what governments can do to challenge Putin on these points.
SVIATOSLAV VAKARCHUK PERFORMANCE
The final portion of the evening was a special benefit concert for the program. Sviatoslav Vakarchuk and New York-based jazz pianist Fima Chupakhin performed in variety of styles, from traditional Ukrainian folk songs to American jazz standards.