Security Choices After the Election: New Direction for Ukraine?
Although NATO membership is not getting headlines in this year's Ukrainian presidential election, the broader issue of Ukrainian security is very much at stake. According to a recent poll, nearly 60 percent of Ukrainians oppose NATO membership. In NATO itself, the prospect of eventual NATO membership for Ukraine is a dormant issue. Russia, on the other hand, has clarified its view that it is entitled to a sphere of privileged interests where Russian-speaking populations or businesses are present.
The most logical course for Ukrainian security policy is to continue military reform and modernization at a measured pace. Ukraine can also seize the economic opportunities offered by the European Union and the United States. Without serious governance and a reasonably clear strategic direction, Ukraine's security situation will remain precarious.