The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that former Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk is the new Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow at FSI.
The Liautaud Fellowship was established to bring former heads of state or senior policymakers to Stanford, with the goal of promoting meaningful dialogue on the challenges world leaders face in crafting policy solutions for pressing global problems. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former President of Estonia, was the inaugural Liautaud Fellow in 2017, followed by H.R. McMaster in 2018.
Ukraine is on the frontlines of the struggle between democratic and authoritarian governments. While it has faced challenges, Ukraine serves as a positive example of how other countries in the region can transition to a government ruled by the people. During his time at Stanford, former Prime Minister Honcharuk will focus on examining what Western allies can do to support Ukraine in its struggle to thrive as a democracy in Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet era.
"Ukraine's success as a democracy is critical to the continued development of democracies worldwide,” said FSI Director Michael McFaul. “I'm honored that Mr. Honcharuk is able to join us at Stanford and I look forward to his contributions to our vibrant intellectual community."
As prime minister, Mr. Honcharuk introduced important policy initiatives in Ukraine including the institution of business privatization processes, efforts to combat black markets, and the launch of the Anti-Raider Office to respond to cases of illegal property seizures.
“I want to thank Ambassador McFaul for the invitation to be a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute, as well as my other colleagues – Kathryn Stoner, Larry Diamond, and Francis Fukuyama – for a very warm welcome.
“Stanford is the best place to rethink Ukraine's past and plan the future, and that's why I am especially happy to be here and add my expertise and experience to this important process.”
Prior to serving as prime minister, Honcharuk was deputy head of the Presidential Office of Ukraine and was a member of the National Reforms Council under the President of Ukraine.
As a visiting fellow at FSI, Honcharuk will also work closely with scholars in the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), which runs practitioner training programs for democracy activists in Ukraine, such as the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program.
"I am delighted to welcome Mr. Honcharuk to Stanford,” shared Kathryn Stoner, Mosbacher Director of CDDRL. “His appointment as the Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow continues a long tradition of FSI's and CDDRL's engagement in Ukraine. We are fortunate to have a visiting fellow who brings such a breadth of experience and expertise to our campus community and our growing network of Ukrainian leaders."