From TV Sitcom to Reality: Ukraine Elects Volodymyr Zelenskiy

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we discuss the latest from Ukraine post-election. Matthew Rojansky, the Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, provides analysis on President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an actor, comedian and political satirist, who won a compelling 73% of the vote throughout the nation.



The Future of Ukrainian Oligarchs

Twenty-seven years after independence, the Ukrainian economy continues to struggle. The broad influence of oligarchs, who rely on insider deals and hidden political connections to maximize their wealth, is one reason for Ukraine’s faltering development. Victor Andrusiv presented the findings of his new report, which details the influence of oligarchs on Ukrainian society, industry, and politics and three scenarios for their future in Ukraine.

“An Explosion Occurred in Power Unit No. 4”: The Story of Chernobyl in Documents

Image: The first photograph of Unit Four after the accident, shot from a helicopter by Chernobyl plant photographer Anatoly Rasskazov, at approximately 3.00pm on April 26 1986 (Anatoly Rasskazov/Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum).

The Ukrainian Presidential Election: Outcomes and Expectations

In March 2019, Ukraine began a super-election period, which will include presidential, parliamentary, and local elections between now and 2020. Three days after Ukraine’s presidential election, a panel of leading Ukrainian and international political analysts discussed the electoral process, the outcome of the vote, and its impact for the country's future.

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Mykhailo Minakov

Ground Truth Briefing | Ukraine: Presidential Election Update

On March 31, Ukraine will hold its presidential election. Three candidates currently lead in the polls: the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Demography of Ukraine: Ukraine in an Election Year

The last national census of Ukraine was conducted nearly 20 years ago. Recent attempts to conduct a new census since have been postponed. Complicating the issue, events in Ukraine such as Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in the East have led to dramatic demographic changes that remain unaccounted for in official statistics.

"Is the Possibility of a Third World War Real?" Researching Nuclear Ukraine in the KGB Archive

NPIHP Working Paper #13

"Is the Possibility of a Third World War Real?" Researching Nuclear Ukraine in the KGB Archive

Nate Jones

March 2019


Forgotten Parties to the INF

On February 2, 2019, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, citing the Russian Federation’s material breach of the Treaty as justification for the decision.

According to Article XV of the Treaty, the United States will suspend its obligations under the Treaty 60 days after providing notice, unless in this time, Russia agrees to come in compliance.