The election of the comic actor Volodymyr Zelensky as Ukraine’s president is prompting widespread speculation about the country’s future. Can the brand-new politician finally tackle the country’s massive corruption as he promises or will he become a tool for financial oligarchs? Can he help resolve the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in the east? And how long will he remain popular with Ukrainians? Jonathan Katz of the German Marshall Fund talks to Ukraine Analytica editor Hannah Shelest and Chatham House’s Anna Korbut about the role of the media, the conduct of Ukrainian democracy and how it shaped the elections. Also, Greg talks to Susan about Hungarian President Viktor Orban’s planned meeting with President Donald Trump next week. And a few voices from a talk on Capitol Hill this week on NATO, security and democracy.


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Academy Robert Bosch Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House




Board member at the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”





Executive Director, Institute of Current World Affairs

Journalist, author of Russians: The People Behind the Power


Guest Host


Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States




The Cable is produced by Rebecca Picard.



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