“There is a huge amount of potential in Ukraine, but I fear that as in the past, that potential will be stopped and stymied by the entrenched political/business interests”
Hannah Thoburn, a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, where she focuses on Russia, Ukraine, Eastern European politics, and the transatlantic relationship, Washington
Ukraine has grown by leaps and bounds in the past four years. It may not be where it – or the West – wants it to be, but the moves forward and changes in mindset are palpable. There is a huge amount of potential in Ukraine, but I fear that as in the past, that potential will be stopped and stymied by the entrenched political/business interests that also exist in Ukraine. Because of that dynamic, true leadership is still lacking in Ukraine and holds the country back.
To stay informed about what is happening throughout Ukraine on any given day, I use a wide variety of sources. I
use Facebook and Twitter to communicate with old friends and professional connections, as well as to read the statements of some Ukrainian politicians and to keep up with the latest, breaking news about events in Ukraine. Reports from Ukrainian think tanks, various polling sources – especially IRI's polls, Ukrainian government websites that publish speeches and statistics, and the daily reports from the OSCE are all very useful. The websites of local newspapers are also useful – though they often lack key details – as are local bloggers. Access to information about historical events (pre-1991) is rather harder, but improving all the time.