Only Presidential Leadership Can Avert Ukraine’s Perfect Storm

The February 3 resignation of Ukraine’s Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius is a signal that the country’s efforts to dramatically reduce corruption and rent-seeking are meeting with serious resistance.The resignation also exposes how Ukraine’s political system works. Just as in established democracies, technocrats and experts have to make common cause with politicians and ideologues. And just as in established democracies, politicians expect to wield influence when their parties win. The “Plum Book” that lists thousands of political posts in the US government reflects this reality.Ukraine is now witnessing the rise of politicians who fought alongside civil society activists on the Maidan, …read more

Source: Atlantic Council

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