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Ukraine – In Transition

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This blog will be dedicated to discussing:

• Ukraine’s politics
• Ukraine’s economy
• Ukraine as an international actor
• Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration
• Canada-Ukraine bilateral relations

Nick Krawetz holds a MA in Political Studies (International Relations) from Queen’s University and a BA (Advanced) in Economics and Political Studies from the University of Manitoba.

Nick’s research interests include Canadian foreign and defence policy, international trade, international security, global governance, European integration, Canada-EU relations, and Canada-Ukraine bilateral relations.

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Time for Canada to Introduce Visa-Free Travel for Ukrainians

З українською версією ви можете ознайомитися тут In 1891, a century before Canada was among the first countries to recognize Ukraine’s independence, Ukrainian immigrants began arriving in Canada. Despite facing initial hardships, Ukrainians in Canada endured and prospered through will and determination. ...

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After Ukraine, is Transdniestria next?

 “Do not lose your entry visa, or else you’ll have to pay a €750 bribe to get back into Moldova” said Jacek and Miriam, my new Polish colleagues who accompanied me to the land-locked breakaway state of Transdniestria. The three ...

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What’s next after Ukraine’s parliamentary elections?

Ukrainians will return to the polls on October 26, as President Petro Poroshenko wishes to cleanse the membership of Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, consisting of notoriously corrupt Yanukovych-era loyalists. Poroshenko’s administration also desires a formal parliamentary faction within the ...

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Preventing the Worst-Case Scenario

The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, most likely from a BUK-M1 surface-to-air missile system, is a tragedy beyond words. 298 innocent lives were needlessly lost, connecting the outside world to the reality of the conflict between Ukraine’s military ...

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European Mixed Messages

By signing the Association Agreement (AA), the European Union (EU) has assumed joint responsibility for ensuring this ambitious deal is not undermined. The AA’s text also underscores the EU’s support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. Despite these commitments, ...

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The Difficult Road to Reform

By Nick Krawetz Ukraine has at last signed the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union (EU), which aims to accelerate the deepening of political and economic relations between Ukraine and the 28-member bloc. By signing this agreement, Ukraine has ...

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A Primer: Canada-Ukraine Trade

By Nick Krawetz Unsurprisingly, Canadian trade with Ukraine is miniscule. So miniscule that it represents thirty-four thousandths of one percent (.034%) of total Canadian exports and imports. In 2013, Canadian exports to Ukraine totaled roughly $210.3 million while imports from ...

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West, Wake Up! Прокинься!

By Nick Krawetz Yes, Crimea’s referendum was a sham. Yes, Russia has annexed part of a sovereign state. And yes, Western responses to date have been insufficient as Ukraine’s territorial integrity continues to be violated. Contrary to some viewpoints, however, ...

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The Shadows of Bucharest

By Nick Krawetz As Russian officials repeatedly contradict themselves and intentionally deny easily verifiable facts, Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine demonstrates Putin is grasping at straws and improvising on the fly. If this pattern of behaviour continues, disastrous ramifications for ...

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