In February 2007, the Stasiuk Program for the Study of Contemporary Ukraine created a blog page for analyses of current events in Ukraine. At first, most of the articles are written by PhD candidate in History, Ilya Khineyko, but subsequently there have been a variety of writers. It is hoped that the articles will generate feedback and discussion, and will highlight not only major news items but also debates and discussions on issues pertaining to the various regions of Ukraine as well.
The Stasiuk Program has several major areas of interest. In the past it has focused above all on three major areas: Ukraine’s relations with Russia; the Chornobyl nuclear disaster and its ramifications; and the fallout from the Orange Revolution of 2004. In each of these areas it has held panels at the University of Alberta and at major conference venues. Currently the major focus is on the Famine-Holodomor in Ukraine, 1933. It has also sponsored, 2003-2010, the annual Stasiuk-Cambridge Lecture at Cambridge University, which has expanded into a seminar format as well as the official lecture, and is now entering its eighth year in cooperation with the Cambridge Centre for Russian and East European Studies and the Ukrainian Students Association of Cambridge University.
In the future it is hoped also to focus more on energy issues, and particularly those involving links to Russia, such as the oil and gas industries. Contributions are welcome, but may be edited for content.
David R. Marples
Distinguished University Professor and Director,
Stasiuk Program for the Study of Contemporary Ukraine
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