Who, What, and Why: Ukraine's 2019 Presidential Elections Are Kicking Off
- Iryna Bekeshkina, Director, Democratic Initiatives Foundation (from Kyiv)
- Svitlana Kobzar, Programme Officer for Ukraine and Georgia, European Endowment for Democracy (from Brussels)
- Katie Fox, Deputy Director for Eurasia, National Democratic Institute (from Washington)
- Stephen B. Nix, Regional Director, Eurasia, International Republican Institute (from Washington)
- Olena Prokopenko, Head of International Relations, Reanimation Package of Reforms (from Kyiv)
- Jonathan Katz, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (from Washington)
- Bruno Lete, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (from Brussels)
Please note that this event will be held via video link between three separate venues. To RSVP to attend the event in Washington, DC or if you have any questions, please contact John Alexander at +1 202 683 2608 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington, DC: The German Marshall Fund of the United States, 1744 R Street NW
Kyiv: Ukraine Crisis Media Center, 2 Khreshchatyk Street
Brussels: The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Rue de la Loi 155 Wetstraat
Please join us for a special meeting of the Transatlantic Task Force on Elections and Civil Society in Ukraine focused on the upcoming Ukrainian presidential and parliamentary elections as well as Kyiv’s ongoing reform efforts, including efforts to combat corruption and support for civil society.
The official kick-off of the Ukrainian Presidential elections will take place on December 31, 2018. In less than four months, Ukraine could have a new President impacting Ukraine’s democratic progress and its foreign relations both East and West. This election is being monitored closely in Washington, Brussels and other capitals in Europe and globally given uncertainty over the election outcome. Moreover, the electoral process is ramping up as tensions between Ukraine and Moscow are elevated over Russia’s aggressive action in the Black Sea and Kerch Strait.
On December 19, the task force event will focus on Ukraine’s presidential election from the perspective of Ukraine, Brussels, and Washington. Furthermore, the task force will examine and discuss the latest and relevant polling information, examine the key issues of importance to Ukrainians and make sense of a crowded presidential field. This meeting will also be an opportunity to touch on key pre-election assessments viewed by Ukrainian civil society and international partners.
The participants will attempt to tackle concerns about the conduct of the presidential campaign, as well as areas in which they think the international community should pay attention as the campaign season begins. What will be the role of the U.S., EU, and other international actors in supporting efforts by Ukrainians to ensure that their next president is elected in a free, fair, and open process. This includes internal challenges, such as corruption, polarization, populism, and limited martial law as well as external aggression from Russia.
The Transatlantic Task Force on Elections and Civil Society in Ukraine was established by the Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN) Democracy and Civil Society Task Force and Reanimation Package of Reforms (RPR) to provide a platform for stronger U.S.–EU–Ukrainian engagement and information sharing prior to the upcoming Ukrainian presidential election in March 2019 and parliamentary election in October 2019.
Civil society organizations that have joined the task force include Transparency International Ukraine, Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law, Centre for Policy and Legal Reform, OPORA Civil Network, Democratic Initiatives Foundation, DEJURE Foundation, EIDOS Center, Centre for Economic Strategy, Anti-Corruption Action Centre, and Centre UA. The initiative has also been joined by the Brussels office of the Ukrainian World Congress and the German Marshall Fund in Washington, DC, and Brussels.