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In 2019, Ukraine elected a new president, actor and political newcomer Volodymyr Zelensky. Months later, voters gave his new Servant of the People party a single-faction majority in parliament. It was a rare moment when a Ukrainian president had the unequivocal mandate to lead. Almost immediately, Zelensky’s administration forced a series of crises that not only challenged the new president, but threatened Ukraine‘s international ties, turned it into shorthand for corruption and undermined its economy.
In this talk, Brandeis alum Matthew Kupfer, news editor of the Kyiv Post and a former staff writer at the Moscow Times, will talk about how Ukraine has weathered the UkraineGate scandal and the coronavirus pandemic, the effects of these crises on its struggle for political and economic reform and how the 2020 U.S. presidential election may affect the country.