I got a consulting assignment for part of the Ukrainian government. They flew me to Kiev, and I spent time talking about my research. I also am working with American firms interested in various projects in Ukraine.
I had an article on Russia-Ukraine natural gas trade published in an English-language journal and then in another Russian journal available througout the former Soviet Union. It was a mathematical modelling of the macroeconomic effects of Russia ever shutting off Ukraine's gas supply.
Now with the current crisis in Ukraine, that scenario is real. So my paper caught interest. I was teamed up with people in the Ministry of Finance, the Rada parliament, and one of the political parties here.
Definitely interesting for me, and has great perspectives for future research and consulting assignments. Proud to be showing them my Mount credentials and our website, etc.
Anyway, attached here are pictures with the Chairman of the People's Democratic Party of Ukraine. She was a presidential candidate in 2010 and a possible future one. She is the person I most closely work with.
Also is a picture of Maidan square where over 100 protesters were gunned down. Very sad sights.