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.
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.
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...
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.
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...