German expert Andreas Umland: Germany's Russia-first policy 'turned out to be a dismal failure'

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Sept. 19, 2011, 7:47 p.m. | Business — by Olena Tregub

Olena Tregub

Olena Tregub is a journalist, educator and civic entrepreneur. She is leading the Reform Watch project at the Kyiv Post, which analyses Ukraine's post-Maidan transformation progress. In the United States, Tregub co-founded the Global Education Leadership consultancy. She also worked as an adjunct professor of political science at Adelphi University and as a media liaison at the United Nations in New York. For several years, she served as a Washington, D.C.-based foreign correspondent for the Ukrainian News Agency and a columnist at the Kyiv Post, as well as a researcher on Ukraine for The New York Times. Tregub is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a Young Atlanticist of the Atlantic Council. She is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She can be reached by email at, on Facebook at, by Twitter @otregub and on Skype at olenatregub.

Editor’s Note: Olena Tregub, a freelance contributor to the Kyiv Post, conducted a series of interviews with German experts on Ukraine. The following is one of them.

Andreas Umland is DAAD Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,” and editor of the book series "Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society."
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