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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PUTIN’S WAR:  WHY IS HE WINNING?

PUTIN’S WAR:  WHY IS HE WINNING?

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s undeclared war on Ukraine has stirred considerable consternation, none of which has so far moderated, let alone influenced, his behaviour.  The boldness of his moves has been breathtaking.  Why is he so successful in pursuit of his strategy?  What is his strategy?  Can nothing stop him?  With astonishing impunity, Putin has defied international law and the norms of international relations.  He can do so because nothing in Ukraine, Russia, or beyond…

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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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Corruption, Immunity and Parliamentary Coalitions

Corruption, Immunity and Parliamentary Coalitions

‘If you do not vote for lustration, there will be castration instead.’ Parliamentary Chairman Oleksandr Turchynov Why are political leaders from both the People’s Front (NF) and Petro Poroshenko bloc (PPB) both eager to include Oleh Lyashko’s Radical Party in the new parliamentary coalition? Everybody after all knows it is a virtual political “party” that is funded by the gas lobby and former President Viktor Yanukovych’s Chief of Staff, Serhiy Leyovochkin. A parliamentary majority coalition…

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