The Case for Rebuilding Ukraine

Russia has caused unprecedented damage in Ukraine. And with no diplomatic end in sight to the conflict, many Ukrainians are wondering when, if ever, they will be able to go back to their homes. According to many experts, the answer is actually sooner rather than later. Can reconstruction begin before a war ends? Who pays, and where should world leaders begin?

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  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Director, Podcasting

Asher Ross - Supervising Producer

Markus Zakaria - Audio Producer and Sound Designer

Molly McAnany - Associate Podcast Producer

Episode Guests
  • Philip Zelikow
    White Burkett Miller Professor of History and Miller Center Wilson Newman Professor of Governance, University of Virginia
  • Sam Greene
    Director of the Democratic Resilience Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis, Professor of Russian Politics, King's College London

Show Notes

As Russia’s invasion continues to crush Ukraine’s infrastructure and economy with equal abandon, the pressure is on to rebuild the country. But reconstructing Ukraine is going to be expensive, and domestic support for Ukraine in the United States and other donor countries is shrinking. To pay for this massive undertaking, and to lift the taxpayer burden on Ukraine’s financiers, some experts have proposed using $300 billion in frozen Russian assets to fund Ukraine’s recovery. While some economists see risks with that plan, nearly all agree that getting reconstruction right could help create a more peaceful world.



From CFR


Noah Berman and Anshu Siripurapu, “One Year of War in Ukraine: Are Sanctions Against Russia Making a Difference?” 


Jonathan Masters, “How Frozen Russian Assets Could Pay for Rebuilding in Ukraine


Jonathan Masters and Will Merrow, “How Much Aid Has the U.S. Sent Ukraine? Here Are Six Charts.


Diana Roy, “How Bad Is Ukraine’s Humanitarian Crisis a Year Later?



From Our Guests


Lawrence H. Summers, Philip Zelikow, and Robert B. Zoellick, “The Other Counteroffensive to Save Ukraine,” Foreign Affairs


Sam Greene, “The Black Box of Moscow,” Foreign Affairs



Read More


James Dobbins, Charles P. Ries, Howard J. Shatz, and Gabrielle Tarini, “Reconstructing Ukraine: Creating a Freer, More Prosperous, and Secure Future,” RAND Corporation


Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts,” United Nations



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