The Price of Freedom

Serhii Plokhii ・ August 2016

For Ukraine, Russian aggression raised fundamental questions about its continuing existence as a united state, its independence as a nation, and the democratic...


Ukraine’s 2013—2014 Revolution of Dignity triggered an outpouring of creative expression in Ukraine. The revolution itself, a grass-roots improvisation of...


On Both Sides of the Front

Vyacheslav Likhachev ・ August 2016

It is clear that the topic of “Fascists” in the context of the Ukrainian-Russian conflict entails two dimensions: they can be provisionally described as the “...


Ukraine specialists are quite aware of what some have called the Ukrainophobic ranting of Stephen Cohen. However, this historian who before 2014 never wrote as...


When George Orwell looked back at the Spanish Civil War, in which he participated as a volunteer, he noted that its outcome was "settled in London, Paris, Rome,...


Can Memory Save Us From History? Can History Save Us From Memory?

Critical Solutions
July 2014

International conference Ukraine: Thinking Together
Panel Seven: Can memory save us from history? Can history save us from memory? Monday May 19, 2014 (Diplomatic Academy,Kyiv)
Participants: Timothy Snyder, chair, Slavenka Drakulić, Olga Filippova, Frank Foer, Yaroslav Hrytsak, Martin Šimečka, Andrey Kurkov.
Language: English


William Burke-White: On possible scenarios of Ukrainian protests

Critical Solutions
December 2013

Commentary by William Burke-White might seem like a cold shower for many protesters in Ukraine, but they reflect the realities of international politics today, and a generally very difficult position for the major international actors in various regions of the world, and secondary - or even tertiary - character of the Ukrainian events for them.


Ukrainian Feminism at the Crossroad of National, Postcolonial, and (Post)Soviet: Theorizing the Maidan Events 2013-2014

There are different interpretations whether the Maidan was led by far-right groups or not. We shall not get much into detail now but shortly describe our vision. Although many different political forces as well as apolitical masses joined the Maidan protests, although there were people of the right and people of the left, conservatives and liberal democrats, middle class and poor people...
Mariya MayerchykNovember 24, 2015

Lucan Way: "Pluralism by Default"

Lucan Way’s forthcoming book studies the reasons behind a society’s democratization in the post-Soviet space. Standard approaches have previously outlined the role of constitutional design, civil society, democratic values and culture, and the democratic leadership. Lucan Way argues that pluralism emerges out of weak authoritarian regimes rather than of democratic strength.
Oleh KotsyubaOctober 23, 2015

Crimea and Ukraine – Dilemmas of Protest and Mutual Understanding

The second panel of the Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine raised the questions of understanding different protest groups that participated in the Euromaidan movement and those who participated in the Antimaidan protests. Andrei Nevskii presented evidence on political and social demands of the protesters collected from 140 interviews recorded in Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv, and Crimea...
Oleh KotsyubaOctober 22, 2015