Students from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University came to the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation on October 13, 2016 to present preliminary recommendations on how the U.S. can help strengthen Ukraine.
This effort, Strengthening Ukraine, falls under the university's Capstone Projects, which are integrative, team-based, applied research projects required of all students. Led by a faculty member on behalf of a client agency, in this case the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, these projects require students to think independently, frame and analyze issues, and apply their academic knowledge and skills.
This video represents only a small portion of the entire presentation made by the Bush School students at the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation.
The group was led by Dr. Gabriela Marin Thornton, a professor of international affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. The participants included eight students from the Bush School, all of whom possess a deep interest in not only Ukraine but international politics overall. They each helped with some portion of the presentation. Anthony Leon and Cass Dobbins handled the section on Ukrainian Military Modernization, while Anthony Antonidis and Dani Hopkins presented on Ukrainian Economics and Trade. Maddison Cooper and Chelsea Berry were in charge of Russian Propaganda. Lastly, Meaghan Dirksen and Joe Rodriguez presented on Ukrainian Institutions.
Special thanks go to Ambassador Roman Popadiuk and Adrian Karmazyn for making this event at the Foundation possible.
Final recommendations on strengthening Ukraine have not yet been made, as the final presentation and report will not be complete until December 2016. However, the recommendations for policy outlined in this presentation were succinct, and put the group on a good track for making recommendations of a high quality when the entire report is complete.
This tied in well with recent initiatives surrounding the Foundation’s Ukraine in Washington events, which had the purpose of helping identify policy recommendations from experts on how the United States should proceed in regard to Ukraine. With a new president, along with many new legislators, about to take office, these recommendations from the Foundation’s events are of the utmost importance, and can provide a strong road map for how the next U.S. Administration and Congress should formulate policy toward Ukraine.