Ukraine: 5 Years on from Maidan
Ukraine: 5 Years on from Maidan
24 January @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
In January 2014, Ukraine’s then-President Victor Yanukovych passed a series of ‘anti-protest’ laws to quash growing unrest in the country. Within weeks, he would flee for Russia. This was the culmination of three months of protests, which had begun when Yanukovych refused to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. Following Yanukovych’s toppling, Ukraine announced its intention to integrate closer to Europe.
Five years on, Russia’s war in eastern Ukraine, which followed its annexation of Crimea, continues – it is now one of the longest-running conflicts in Europe in almost a century. President Petro Poroshenko has implemented serious reforms but the pace has slowed markedly over recent years, particularly on anti-corruption measures. Much has changed in Ukraine since 2014, but much has remained the same.
The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to discuss the twin challenges facing Ukraine five years from Maidan: dealing with Russia’s war and undertaking domestic reforms.
Ambassador Natalia Galibarenko – has been appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland by the President of Ukraine and she is also a Permanent Representative to the IMO. Natalia Galibarenko participated in numerous bilateral and multilateral negotiations of Ukraine, including in the framework of the EU, OSCE and other international organizations. Her diplomatic rank is Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary 1st class. She holds a diploma from the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Robert Brinkley CMG – chairs the steering committee of the Chatham House Ukraine Forum. He is a senator (member of the governing body) of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) and chairman of the Ukrainian Institute London, which is affiliated to UCU. He is chairman of the Advisory Board of the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL SSEES). He is a trustee of the Keston Institute, which studies religion in Communist and former Communist countries. Until 2011 Robert Brinkley was a British diplomat for 34 years. He served as High Commissioner to Pakistan (2006 – 2009), Ambassador to Ukraine (2002 – 2006) and as head of the UK’s worldwide visa operation (2000 – 2002). He had previously had two postings in Moscow (both in Russia and in the Soviet Union), as well as positions in Bonn, Geneva and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
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