Cosponsored by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University; Krytyka Institute; and Krytyka Magazine

The Ukrainians are about to elect their 7th Parliament on 28 October 2012. The new Verkhovna Rada is expected to approve a set of amendments to the Constitution and Laws critical to the democratic future of Ukraine.

So far the Ukrainian electoral process already has a mixed assessment from the international and local observers. A group of experts will meet at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to provide their informed opinion regarding the quality of the Ukrainian elections and their results. The main issues for this discussion include:
1) Will Ukraine remain on the path of democratic development?

2) Can these elections be called as free, fair and transparent?

3) Will Ukrainian constituencies be adequately represented in the 7th Verkhovna Rada?

Please note that seating for this event is available on a first come, first served basis. Please call on the day of the event to confirm. Please bring an identification card with a photograph (e.g. driver's license, work ID, or university ID) as part of the building's security procedures.

This event will take place in the 6th Floor Flom Auditorium.


  • Thomas Melia

    Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State
  • George Grabowicz

    Dmytro Cyzevs’kyj Professor of Ukrainian Literature, Harvard University; Editor in Chief, journal "Krytyka" and "Krytyka Press"; and President, The Krytyka Institute
  • Mykhailo Minakov

    Former Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar
  • Robert Orttung

    George F. Kennan Fellow