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Ukrainian Politics after the 2019 Elections

2019 was a monumental year for Ukrainian politics with Volodymyr Zelenskiy comfortably capturing the presidency, and his Servant of the People party achieving the first overall Rada majority in Ukraine’s post-Soviet history. While the course of the Zelenskiy administration is difficult to project, given the ongoing conflict in the Donbass, Crimea, and his own lack of political background, the elections themselves are a milestone in Ukraine’s democratic transition. This roundtable will explore the implications more deeply.

Professor Andrew Wilson is professor of Ukrainian studies at University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL SSEES), which he joined in 1996. His books on Ukrainian politics include Ukraine’s Orange Revolution (2005) and Ukraine Crisis: What it means for the West (2014). He is also the author of Belarus: The last European dictatorship (2011) and senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).

Dr Sarah Whitmore (BA MSocSc PhD Birmingham) is senior lecturer in politics at Oxford Brookes University, which she joined in 2003. She has published widely on Ukrainian politics, authoring State-Building in Ukraine: The Ukrainian parliament, 1990–2003 (2004) as well as articles in journals such as Democratization, Europe-Asia Studies, and Problems of Post-Communism.

Orysia Lutsevych is research fellow at Chatham House and manager of the think tank’s Ukraine Forum. A former deputy director of Poland’s PAUCI Foundation and executive director of the Open Ukraine Foundation, she has contributed to numerous Chatham House reports, most recently, Civil Society under Russia’s Threat: Building resilience in Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova (2018).


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