Focus on Ukraine

Focus on Ukraine

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung has supported the democratic transition and the protection of human rights in Ukraine for years. Since 2008, the foundation's office in Kiev has supported civil society groups engaged in political education, regional projects for climate protection, gender and equality politics, and the protection of human rights.

The future of Ukraine has also been a prominent topic in the political discourse in Washington, DC. Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington, DC promotes a progressive transatlantic dialogue on the problems facing Ukraine. Our activities include workshops, roundtable discussions, and study trips to Ukraine.

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About the 2019 Study Tour to Ukraine

Who? US experts on transatlantic policy and Eastern Europe from the US Congress, think tanks, media outlets, and human rights organizations in Washington, DC.

What? The objective of the foundation's study tour to Ukraine 2019 was to develop a nuanced understanding of the political agenda of the new President Volodymyr Zelensky, national and local politics ahead of the snap election to the Parliament of Ukraine on July 21st, 2019, the role of civil society in Ukrainian politics, and the future of the country’s relations with the European Union and the United States.

When? June/July 2019

Where? Participants toured Kyiv and Kharkiv to meet with members of civil society groups and activist groups, regional officials, local journalists, and foreign diplomats.

Voices from the Tour

Once Again, Ukraine Steps Into the Unknown

Transatlantic Media Fellowship

A comedian-turned-president, a rockstar-turned-party leader, and a sea of new faces in the parliament: Meet the new political reality in Ukraine.

By Amy Mackinnon, Robbie Gramer

Insights from the Tour

 

 

About the 2016 Study Tour to Ukraine

Who? US experts on transatlantic policy from think-tanks and government.

What? The objective of the hbs North America study tour to Ukraine was to develop a nuanced understanding of the political developments since 2013 in Ukraine and the complexities of the political, economic, and social challenges the country faces. 

When? April 2016

Where? Participants toured Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Odessa to meet with members of civil society groups, policy-makers, journalists, local and regional officials, and diplomats.

Voices from the Tour

In Ukraine, Cautious Optimism Prevails

Despite frustration over the pace of reform, many Ukrainians remain cautiously optimistic about the country’s direction. The new government would be well-advised to take advantage of this resolve, and leverage it to usher in a more democratic system. 

By Dominik Tolksdorf

This Is Not the Orange Revolution

Invoking Yogi Berra’s overused quote may seem cliché, but for Kyiv watchers, it seems a bit like “déjà vu all over again.” GMF's Steven Keil reports from the #boell2Ukraine Tour. 

By Steven Keil

Insights from the Tour