Accuracy and the Problems of Ukrainian Studies

Accuracy and the Problems of Ukrainian Studies

I belong to the generation that valued Marvin Kalb’s journalism on the Soviet Union. When I heard that he had written a book on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, I looked forward to reading it. My interest increased when I listened to an online presentation at the Brookings Institution in which he said that before writing the book he had looked at the region solely through a Russian prism.

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WAR IN UKRAINE: UNDECLARED, UNACKNOWLEDGED, AND UNABATED

WAR IN UKRAINE:  UNDECLARED, UNACKNOWLEDGED, AND UNABATED

Paper prepared for presentation at a CIUS seminar, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 20 January 2015 . We’re in an era of change. The wars of the past are diminishing. For America, the wars of the future are likely to be small, subtle, and waged by mysterious men of mysterious origin.  They’re shadow wars.[1] Is the dream of Ukrainian sovereignty—resuscitated most recently in 2014—about to be permanently extinguished? Is the undeclared war in eastern Ukraine’s oblasts…

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Bohdan Harasymiw. War in Ukraine: Undeclared, Unacknowledged, and Unabated

CIUS Seminar Series Bohdan Harasymiw Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Calgary, and Acting Coordinator, Centre for Political and Regional Studies at CIUS   Is the dream of Ukrainian sovereignty—resuscitated most recently in 2014—about to be permanently extinguished? Is the undeclared war in eastern Ukraine the last gasp? The answer depends on uncovering the true nature of the conflict going on there. Some are calling it a “civil war,” while others see…

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Letters written by CIUS staff in response to the opinion piece “A new Cold War making itself felt” by Srdja Pavlovic

“A new Cold War making itself felt” (Edmonton Journal, January 1, 2015), by Srdja Pavlovic In “A new Cold War making itself felt” (January 1, 2015), Srdja Pavlovic interprets the events in Ukraine as part of a new cold war driven by the West, a view similar to that promoted by the Kremlin. Missing in this interpretation is any consideration of what the Ukrainian people and its leadership want. Basically, Ukrainians have shown over the…

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Anne Applebaum Delivers 2014 Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture

  Anne Applebaum presenting at the Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture, George Ignatieff theatre 27 October 2014—The Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture was delivered this year on October 9 by the celebrated writer Anne Applebaum, who spoke on the Holodomor and its relation to current events in a talk titled “Why Stalin Feared Ukraine and Why Putin Fears It Today.” The event was organized by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium of the Canadian Institute…

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Preparing for Elections in Ukraine

Preparing for Elections in Ukraine

Preparing for New Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine Two years after the previous elections for the Ukrainian Parliament, a new election campaign is underway. The vote will take place on October 26 under the most difficult conditions the independent state has ever faced. What is the likely outcome and what impact might the newly endorsed Parliament have on Ukraine, the continuing conflict with Russia and the war zones of the Donbas? It is worth recalling that the…

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