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Ukrainian Democracy After the Maidan: Threats and Opportunities

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The Global Europe Program is pleased to host the 10th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop on Ukrainian Democracy After the Maidan featuring keynote remarks the 2014 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, Mustafa Nayyem, a journalist, democracy activist and Parliamentarian in Ukraine. 


Mustafa Nayyem has been working at “Ukrainska Pravda” (“Ukrainian Truth”) since 2006, directing online media. In April 2013, along with several colleagues, he founded Ukraine’s first independent Internet TV Channel: This unique platform is funded by independent donations, and was created in response to censorship and media monopolization. Mr. Nayyem and played a crucial role in the “Euromaidan” protests. His Facebook post in which he issued a call to go to Independence Square (Maidan) in Kyiv, to protest the Ukrainian government’s decision to stop Ukraine’s process of integration into the European Union, was shared over one thousand times in a matter of hours. These protests precipitated the fall of President Yanukovych’s government and are evidence of the Ukrainian people’s struggle for freedom and democratic values, and Mustafa Nayyem’s actions around that time have placed him as an important leader of the protests. In addition, Mr. Nayyem won a seat in Parliament in Ukraine’s October 2014 elections

Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. It brings recognition to the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world.  The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide.

Previous awardees include Angela Kocze (Hungary,2013), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar, 2012), Nabeel Rajab (Bahrain, 2011), Oleg Kozlovsky (Russia, 2010), Adam Michnik (Poland, 2009), Eleonora Cercavschi (Moldova, 2008), Anatoli Mikhailov (Belarus, 2007), Saad Ibrahim (Egypt, 2006), and Sergio Aguayo (Mexico, 2005).

This event is co-sponsored by the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation, the Ratiu Center for Democracy, and the Kennan Institute.


  • Jane Harman

    Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Christian F. Ostermann

    Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
    Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Oleg Kozlovsky

    Anti-Corruption Policy Lab Higher School of Economics
  • Oleksandr Zaytsev

    Professor of Modern History of Ukraine, Ukrainian Catholic University
  • Corina Rebegea

    Resident Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)
  • Victoria Nuland

    Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
  • Mustafa Nayyem

    Member of Ukrainian Parliament; Journalist, and "Ukrainska Pravda"
  • Matthew Rojansky

    Director, Kennan Institute
  • Constanze Stelzenmueller

    Public Policy Scholar
    Senior Transatlantic Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Trends, German Marshall Fund, Berlin; Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Angela Stent

    Professor of Government and Foreign Service, and Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Georgetown University
  • William Miller

    William Green Miller

    Kennan Fellow
    Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine