[Aaus-list] Disc.: Ukraine Before Parl. Elections, Berlin 17.10.12

Andreas Umland andreumland at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 11 14:26:54 EDT 2012

"Ukraine in Focus: Pre-Election Perspectives of Candidates and Experts"

Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 16:00

Landesvertretung Rheinland-Pfalz
Berlin, In den Ministergärten 6

 With parliamentary elections approaching on 28 October, Ukraine, her 
leaders and her people are facing one of the most important junctions in the country’s modern history. The upcoming elections to the Verkhovna 
Rada, Ukraine’s Parliament, and the way they are organized and conducted will define not only Ukraine’s immediate future but likely shape 
domestic developments and international perceptions for years to come. A transparent and just electoral process will testify to the resilience 
of Ukraine’s democratic institutions, while irregularities and fraud at 
the polls will strengthen views that the country is backsliding on 
democracy. The latter scenario will also undermine Ukrainian aspirations for closer ties with the EU, delay further the Association Agreement, 
and make it ever more probable for this important European country to 
remain in the continent’s “gray zone.” Equally importantly, the 
composition of the new parliament will determine the future course of 
Ukraine, and it will hinge on the ability of opposition parties to 
either form a governing majority or to constitute a united and efficient opposition that is capable of exerting political influence.

 discuss these prospects and issues, the German Marshall Fund of the 
United States (GMF) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde 
(DGO) are pleased to welcome a group of Ukrainian policymakers and 
experts for a public panel discussion:

Andrii Shevchenko, Member of Parliament, Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko - Batkivschina

Yurii Myroshnychenko, Member of Parliament, Party of the Regions

Rostyslav Pavlenko, Head of the Strategic Department, UDAR Party

Valerii Chaly, Deputy Director General, Razumkov Center;

Mykola Kapitonenko, Executive Director, Center for International Studies

Oleh Shamshur, Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Heike Dörrenbächer, Executive Director, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde

The panel discussion will be held in English and will be followed by a 
reception. This event is organized with the generous support of the 
Ukrainian Center for International Studies and the Black Sea Trust for 
Regional Cooperation.

To attend this event, please RSVP by 15 October at office at dgo-online.org.

Facebook Event Site:
[IMPORTANT NOTE: It is not sufficient to pre-register on this Facebooksite. You 
have to pre-register until 15 October with the DGO, as mentioned above.]

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