Ukraine's Post-Election "To-Do" List
Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko has yet to concede defeat to Viktor Yanukovych, but Yanukovych looks likely to assume leadership of the country in the near future following the February 7 presidential election widely deemed free and fair by international observers. Western leaders need to get over their "Ukraine fatigue" and engage the country, its new president, and its people more than they have in the past out of recognition that Ukraine matters enormously to the future of Europe.
Yanukovych, too, should focus on ways to deepen engagement with the West as he simultaneously works to improve ties with Moscow. He also should work to avoid an early round of parliamentary elections since the last thing the people of Ukraine want is yet another election.