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Hindsight Up Front | Ukraine

As the conflict in Ukraine continues to unfold, it becomes clear that it will have profound consequences for the stability of Europe, the future of NATO, perceptions of American power around the world, the health and success of democracy around the world, and how the United States navigates burgeoning strategic competition with Russia and China. With this series, the Wilson Center will identify the key forces at play, assess their implications for critical American interests, and explore the viewpoints of all the major players in Europe’s first 21st century strategic crisis.

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Generational Divides in Wartime Ukraine: Identity Questions

For the first piece of their three-part series, professors Karina Korostelina and Gerard Toal use statistics to explore how Ukrainian identity is perceived across the generational divide, especially as it relates to Ukraine, Russia, the USSR, and Europe.

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The Arts of War: Ukrainian Artists Confront Russia

The Ukrainian response to the 2022 Russian invasion has inspired a new appreciation for their country both within and beyond Ukraine. In this new series, Distinguished Fellow Blair A. Ruble share stories that highlight the ways in which Ukrainians have long explored the meaning of their country and culture through the arts, and the manner in which the arts and their creators have empowered Ukrainians to confront the Russian invaders. These developments also offer intriguing clues about the culture, society, and politics of a post-war Ukraine.

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Why Did Russia Give Away Crimea Sixty Years Ago?

Crimea was part of Russia from 1783, when the Tsarist Empire annexed it a decade after defeating Ottoman forces in the Battle of Kozludzha, until 1954, when the Soviet government transferred Crimea from the Russian Soviet Federation of Socialist Republics (RSFSR) to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (UkrSSR). Not until 1992, just after the Soviet Union was dissolved, did additional material about this episode emerge.

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