The U.S. has emerged as a vital strategic partner of Ukraine since Russia's full-scale invasion nearly a year ago. Aid provided by the U.S., ranging from weapons supply to assistance to help keep the Ukrainian economy afloat, plays a pivotal role. The pre-New Year visit of president Zelenskiy to Washington and his address to Congress underscored the character of the relationship.
But questions remain for the future. Are the American public and political class really ready for long-term, ironclad support of Ukraine? Is there a real threat emanating from the isolationist wing of the Republican party? Can Kyiv and Washington synchronize their visions of the war's preferred end result? Can a certain level of chemistry and trust be maintained between Ukrainian and American leaderships? And finally, what is the role of the U.S. in the post-war recovery of Ukraine and in efforts to sustain Ukraine's security in the future?
Dr. Volodymyr Dubovyk is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and the Director of the Center for International Studies at Odesa I. I. Mechnikov National University (Ukraine). Dr. Dubovyk has conducted research at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1997, 2006-2007) and the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland (2002), and has taught at the University of Washington (Seattle) in 2013 and at St. Edwards University/University of Texas (Austin) in 2016-17. Volodymyr has been a Fulbright Scholar twice. He is the co-author of “Ukraine and European Security” (Macmillan, 1999) and has published numerous articles on US-Ukraine relations, regional and international security, and Ukraine’s foreign policy. Since the war broke out, Dr. Dubovyk had to relocate to western Ukraine, where he continues to teach his students remotely. He is a regular contributor to IERES’ PONARS publications. As a Fellow, he will conduct research on “Deepening Ukraine – U.S. security partnership in times of war and the post-bellum period.”
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