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West Hangs Ukraine Out To Dry

Marco Levytsky Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is offering “special status” to areas in eastern Ukraine; however he is ruling out federalization and says Ukraine will remain united. But what this “special status” actually means is unclear and it also poses

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West Hangs Ukraine Out To Dry

Marco Levytsky Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is offering “special status” to areas in eastern Ukraine; however he is ruling out federalization and says Ukraine will remain united. But what this “special status” actually means is unclear and it also poses

UKRAINE’S CRISIS AND THE “WHAT IF” IN UKRAINIAN HISTORY

Taras Kuzio In completing the writing of my 1,200-page Contemporary History of Ukraine (which will be published as an 800-page book) that spans Ukrainian history from 1953 to the present, I was often forced to ask the question of “What

UKRAINE’S CRISIS AND THE “WHAT IF” IN UKRAINIAN HISTORY

Taras Kuzio In completing the writing of my 1,200-page Contemporary History of Ukraine (which will be published as an 800-page book) that spans Ukrainian history from 1953 to the present, I was often forced to ask the question of “What

THE WAR OVER UKRAINE

David Marples The tragic events in Odesa indicate the escalating war in Ukraine: from separatists, to ultras, football fans, or the Right Sector, the groups involved are fanatical and determined, though it is not always clear what their respective desired

THE WAR OVER UKRAINE

David Marples The tragic events in Odesa indicate the escalating war in Ukraine: from separatists, to ultras, football fans, or the Right Sector, the groups involved are fanatical and determined, though it is not always clear what their respective desired

Consequences and False Dominoes: The Crisis in and over Ukraine

Tarik Cyril Amar Origins: Elections have Consequences Ukraine has turned from “borderland” to “on the edge,” the scene of a frightening act of collective brinksmanship. How did we get here? Clearly, the trigger (but not more) for the current Ukrainian

Consequences and False Dominoes: The Crisis in and over Ukraine

Tarik Cyril Amar Origins: Elections have Consequences Ukraine has turned from “borderland” to “on the edge,” the scene of a frightening act of collective brinksmanship. How did we get here? Clearly, the trigger (but not more) for the current Ukrainian

The Crimean Crisis in Energy Terms

Anastasiya Stelmakh On March 16, 2014 a disputed and tendentious referendum in Crimea provided the expected result: 97% of the people living in Crimea (including those of Russian citizenship) supported the idea of Crimea becoming a part of Russian Federation.

The Crimean Crisis in Energy Terms

Anastasiya Stelmakh On March 16, 2014 a disputed and tendentious referendum in Crimea provided the expected result: 97% of the people living in Crimea (including those of Russian citizenship) supported the idea of Crimea becoming a part of Russian Federation.

The Ukrainian Civil War That Wasn’t

William Risch Last week, world television stations featured horrific clashes with police and protestors in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.  Up to 100 died in shootouts on February 18-20.  At the center of the protests – Independence Square, commonly known as

The Ukrainian Civil War That Wasn’t

William Risch Last week, world television stations featured horrific clashes with police and protestors in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.  Up to 100 died in shootouts on February 18-20.  At the center of the protests – Independence Square, commonly known as

Ukraine: Corruption Doesn’t Capture It

Tatiana R. Zaharchenko Since it became an independent state 23 years ago, Ukraine has been looted by its structure of government at all levels and those close to it. The word “corruption” is not adequate to describe present-day Ukraine, and

Ukraine: Corruption Doesn’t Capture It

Tatiana R. Zaharchenko Since it became an independent state 23 years ago, Ukraine has been looted by its structure of government at all levels and those close to it. The word “corruption” is not adequate to describe present-day Ukraine, and

Ukraine–Divided or Diverse

Uilleam Blacker On Wednesday, February 19, following the worst violence so far of the Ukrainian protests, BBC Radio 4’s Today program, probably the leading radio news show in the UK, reported on Ukraine. The program’s correspondent Daniel Sandford warned of

Ukraine–Divided or Diverse

Uilleam Blacker On Wednesday, February 19, following the worst violence so far of the Ukrainian protests, BBC Radio 4’s Today program, probably the leading radio news show in the UK, reported on Ukraine. The program’s correspondent Daniel Sandford warned of

Viktor Yanukovych: From Partner to Violent Kleptocrat

Taras Kuzio Over the course of four years a highly negative view of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych has evolved from that espoused by only a minority to being uncontested. This was because much of what US and EU policymakers had

Viktor Yanukovych: From Partner to Violent Kleptocrat

Taras Kuzio Over the course of four years a highly negative view of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych has evolved from that espoused by only a minority to being uncontested. This was because much of what US and EU policymakers had

ANALYZING EUROMAIDAN FROM THE WEST

David Marples Following the failure of the Ukrainian government to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union at the Vilnius summit last November, the world witnessed the protests termed the Euromaidan. Reminiscent of the Orange Revolution, the crowds soon

ANALYZING EUROMAIDAN FROM THE WEST

David Marples Following the failure of the Ukrainian government to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union at the Vilnius summit last November, the world witnessed the protests termed the Euromaidan. Reminiscent of the Orange Revolution, the crowds soon