William Miller is a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and former US ambassador to Ukraine.

The break-up of the former Soviet Union cast its constituent states into a realm of uncertainty. Old societies with venerable histories became new nations overnight, blending their native culture with a new global economic imperative and the dictates of democracy. Ukraine has faced this challenge with energy, courage, and a commitment to gaining a respected place in the congress of democratic states. For all that, the transition is imperfect. Internal economic policies proceed unevenly, but its foreign policy is quite successful. The real story of this vast change is written in individual lives. Former Ambassador William Miller describes what is at stake and what problems lie ahead.