Developments in Ukraine and Its Foreign Policy

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
12:00 pm
Room 1219 International Affairs Building

The Ukrainian Studies Program will host a lunchtime talk by Volodymyr Dubovyk, titled:

“DEVELOPMENTS IN UKRAINE AND ITS FOREIGN POLICY”

After voting in December 2006 to dismiss Boris Tarasyuk, the foreign minister of Ukraine, Ukraine’s Parliament then maneuvered to remove the president’s power to appoint ministers controlling foreign and defense matters. President Yushchenko, with whom Mr. Tarasyuk had been close allies, called this move unconstitutional. At the end of January 2007, Mr. Tarasyuk finally quit his post, noting that he resigned because a constitutional court hearing in the dispute over his position had been postponed.

Mr. Dubovyk, in his talk, will discuss how Ukraine’s foreign policy has developed and been affected by such recent events, particularly considering that Mr. Tarasyuk was a vocal proponent of Ukraine’s closer relations with the European Union and NATO. With President Yushchenko’s office having declared that it will appoint a successor to Mr. Tarasyuk, Mr. Dubovyk will discuss the future of Ukraine’s foreign policy.

Volodymyr Dubovyk is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the Kennan Institute’s Wilson Center. He is also Director of the Center for International Studies at Odesa I. Mechnikov National University in Odesa, Ukraine."

This talk will be moderated by Ambassador Valeriy Kuchinsky, former Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations.