✅ NATO Increases Support for Ukraine
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited Ukraine this week. In Kyiv, he spoke before the Ukrainian parliament, where MPs are urging NATO to increase its support for Ukraine and speed the creation of a membership action plan for the country. What are Ukraine’s prospects vis–à–vis NATO? What remains to be done? How does the West evaluate the reforms in Ukraine? We sat down with Secretary General Stoltenberg to learn more about what the future holds for Ukraine's relationship with NATO.
Guest: Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General
✅ Russia’s Chechen Gambit: In Syria And At Home
What role does the Republic of Chechnya play in Russia? How can we understand Russian President Vladimir Putin’s relationship with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadurov? Who relies on whom? And why are Chechen soldiers serving in Syria? Hromadske sat down with the editor-in-chief of a top Russian news site covering the Caucasus region to get his answers to these questions.
Guest: Gregory Shvedov, Editor-in-Chief of the Caucasian Knot
✅ German Ambassador to Ukraine: Escaping the Minsk Stalemate
What does the future hold for the Minsk Agreements? How can the Normandy Four break the stalemate over eastern Ukraine? What political issues must be resolved? Hromadske spoke with the ambassador of a key Ukrainian ally to learn where the Minsk Agreements stand and what they mean for Ukraine’s future.
Guest: Ernst Reichel, German Ambassador to Ukraine
✅ Nothing But Lies: Fighting Fake News
Ukraine provides a clear example of how fake news has been used to influence politics in recent years. According to Yevhen Fedchenko, director of the Kyiv Mohyla School of Journalism, “Ukraine was one of the places where Russia was using information warfare alongside traditional kinetic warfare.” Organizations like StopFake.org, which Fedchenko leads, are trying to combat fake news by gathering together and debunking some of these fabricated stories in order to “prove that this does exist, this phenomenon is around and it’s very influential and very vast, and it’s very systematic.”
Guest: Yevhen Fedchenko, co-founder of StopFake, Director of the Mohyla School of Journalism
✅ Four Years of Drama: Outgoing IMF Ukraine Director Speaks
The International Monetary Fund is a huge player in Ukraine's reforms. The Ukrainian government has taken significant measures to receive the IMF's assistance, but progress in structural reforms has been mixed. The key issues have been macroeconomic stabilization, stopping inflation, reforming the National Bank of Ukraine, and even nationalizing of one of the largest banks. Jerome Vacher has run the IMF Resident Representative office here in Kyiv for 4 years. This month he is leaving his post. Watch Vacher’s outgoing interview with Hromadske.
Guest: Jerome Vacher, IMF Resident Representative in Ukraine (2013-2017)
✅ Abkhazia-Georgia: 25 Years After The War — Special Report
It has been 25 years since the start of the Georgian-Abkhaz War of 1992-1993. The conflict has now been “frozen” for nearly a quarter of a century. But to the people who live there, it seems as though nothing has really changed. Hromadske’s correspondent travelled to the boundary line between Abkhazia and the other regions of Georgia to find out what is happening in the ‘frozen zone’.
✅ Why Canada Wants To Be Ukraine's Most Trusted Supporter
On March 14, 2017, the Ukrainian parliament voted to ratify the Canadian-Ukrainian Free Trade Agreement, which was signed by both countries back in July 2016. This Agreement provides Ukrainian enterprises with customs-free access to 98% of Canada’s market, and is yet another example of the continued partnership between the two countries. Over the past 3 years, Canada has provided financial assistance to Ukraine in a range of areas including training the police force and the managing the conflict in the Donbas. Hromadske discussed Canadian support for Ukraine with Canada’s ambassador.
Guest: Roman Waschuk, Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine
✅ Secretary Albright Explains Why Democracies Need Female Empowerment
Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was the first woman to ever hold the office of America’s top diplomat. Secretary Albright, who was born in what was then Czechoslovakia, served as the US Ambassador to the United Nations before becoming Secretary of State in 1997. Hromadske met with Secretary Albright to discuss her time as Secretary of State, her hopes for democracy and her recommendations for women in politics in Central-Eastern Europe and around the world.
Guest: Madeleine Albright, Former US Secretary of State
✅ How Social Media, Big Data and Communism Influence Politics
As fake news phenomenon permeate both the online media and political discourse, many questions remain about the influence of big data and social media on political processes. What are the connections between these things? And what is the legacy of communism today? How does exposure to it influence attitudes towards democracy, markets, state-provided welfare and gender equality? We discussed these complicated issues with Joshua Tucker, co-author of the book "Communism's Shadow: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes."
Guest: Joshua Tucker, co-author of the award winning politics and policy blog The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post and Professor of Politics at New York University