Ukraine Events

Does the ADA give the US moral legitimacy as a global disability rights leader?: The view from Russia and Ukraine

July 27, 2015 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
Human Rights play an important role in US-Russia relations. Rarely, however, are disability rights included in discussions of human rights in Russia and Eastern Europe. What are the key issues facing people with disabilities in the region today?

Ukraine’s Decommunization Laws: Legislating the Past?

July 24, 2015 // 11:00am12:15pm
Kennan Institute
In May 2015, the Ukrainian government passed four controversial laws aimed at initiating a clean break with the country’s communist past. Included in the laws are instructions on removing remnants of the communist past (monuments and street names), prescriptions on how to write the country’s history, as well as new measures to reconfigure the country’s archives. While the defenders of the laws argue similar measures were taken in other post-socialist countries and they are necessary to win the current conflict with Russia, scholars and other groups have questioned the impact on academic freedom, as well as freedom of speech more generally in Ukraine.

Intellectual Roots of Putin's Nationalism and Ideology

July 21, 2015 // 10:00am11:00am
Kennan Institute
Maria Snegovaya discussed the intellectual trends that influenced Vladimir Putin’s thinking and partly served as an intellectual underpinning for the annexation of Crimea, the corresponding radical shift of Russia’s international doctrine, and the recent transformation of Russia’s post-Soviet identity.

Finding Its Way to the West? Ukraine and Its Challenges

June 30, 2015 // 11:00am12:00pm
Kennan Institute
The Maidan revolution was launched to ensure that Ukraine could make its European choice. Political rhetoric aside, what are Ukraine’s true prospects for success and how much assistance is the West really prepared to offer? In discussing these issues, the panelists offered their impressions from recent visits to Ukraine and on-going discussions with leading European policymakers.
Podcast

Russia’s Victory Parade: Is Putin Winning?

May 11, 2015 // 10:00am11:00am
This year’s annual parade commemorating victory in World War II is of particular significance, falling on the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, and at a time of tangible Russian isolation by fellow Europeans. In this Ground Truth Briefing, three experts comment on this historical moment in Western and Russian relations.

Does Russian Nationalism have a Future after Ukraine?

April 21, 2015 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
Russian nationalism has been the victim of what is the essential tragedy of the Russian people: the Russian state tried to become an empire before the Russian people became a nation, and as a result, at no point has the country been a nation state. And while pro-Kremlin radical nationalists are increasingly important in Russian politics, their nationalist agendas have been largely co-opted by the state. The speakers discussed the crisis facing Russian nationalists and what the future may hold for them.
Webcast

Assessing U.S. Sanctions: Impact, Effectiveness, Consequences

April 16, 2015 // 8:45am3:30pm
Kennan Institute
Full video from all three panels as well as the keynote address are available here.

Russian Media and Ukraine’s Domestic Politics

April 15, 2015 // 3:30pm4:30pm
Kennan Institute
The Russian state increasingly uses state-controlled television as a means of propaganda both within its own borders and abroad. Using precinct-level electoral returns and survey data, Leonid Peisakhin discussed how exposure to Russian television impacted Ukrainian voters in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections.

The War in Ukraine: The Roots of Russian Conduct

March 19, 2015 // 10:00am11:30am
Kennan Institute
A year after the annexation of Crimea and the start of hostilities in Eastern Ukraine, the sequence of events leading up to the crisis are well established. Yet these events find their origins in Russia's recent and distant past, as well as the EU's image of a modern, post-WWII Europe.

The Evolution of Ukrainian National Identity in the Crucible of Maidan and War

March 02, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Volodymyr Kulyk examined the recent evolution of Ukrainian identity in terms of its content and salience. Looking at the impact of the Euromaidan protests and the subsequent military conflict in southeastern Ukraine, he demonstrated the Ukrainians' greater democratic maturity on the one hand and increasing alienation from Russia on the other. In addition to changing preferences of the Ukrainian population as a whole, he discussed continuity and change in regional divisions.

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