The U.S. Policy on Ukraine: Challenges and Opportunities report aims to provide readers with a detailed, nuanced view of U.S. policy toward Ukraine and to start a discussion of how to maximize policy effectiveness. We wrote Part I to be a primer on Ukraine and on U.S. policy toward Ukraine, and we asked Ukrainian and American experts to write the sections of Part II, which take a deeper dive into specific policy issues. This report was prepared to help spark and facilitate discussions about why Ukraine matters to the U.S., what the impediments are to Ukraine’s political and economic stability, and what can be done to ameliorate the humanitarian crisis ensuing from the Donbas War.
George Barros is a Washington-based Ukrainian issues activist who worked as a foreign policy staffer for a former member of the U.S. Congress that served on the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. In 2014, George played a large role in securing the passage of the Ukraine Freedom Support Act.
Bogdan Belei is James C. Gaither Junior Fellow with the Russia and Eurasia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Oleksandr Bezobchuk is a Kyiv-based graphic designer and a volunteer with Razom.
Eugene Bondarenko is a lecturer in the Slavic Languages and Literature Department at the University of Michigan. A former journalist and translator, he teaches Ukrainian and Russian languages, in addition to studying Ukrainian language politics and modern Ukrainian culture.
Michael Fedynsky is a Master of Arts candidate studying International Economics and European and Eurasian Studies at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He has worked in transportation policy and international affairs in Washington, DC, and spent a year as a Fulbright student in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Roxolana Kozyckyj works for the U.S. House of Representatives focusing on healthcare policy. She previously worked in state level advocacy and lobbying with health and human service nonprofits.
Mykola Murskyj is a Belfer International and Global Affairs Student Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is completing his Master’s in Public Policy in international affairs. He is a managing editor of the Kennedy School Review.
If you’d like to learn more about the policy report or if you’d like to bounce ideas off the production team, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. He can put you in touch with section authors or regional experts. We welcome all your ideas and questions.