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The Nation-Building Role and the Historical Roots of Maidan

Jan 10, 2014
Maidan is a unique experience in the history of protest movements and peaceful revolutions. Its positive aura and self-sufficiency, unexpected firmness and kindness of its participants impel to contemplate the phenomenon of Maidan and its future. As Vitaliy Portnikov wrote, the 21st century in Ukraine has begun with Maidan. What will it be like for Ukrainians?

From Maidan to Systemic Changes?

Jan 10, 2014
The proclamation of the “Maidan” public association can be considered a constructive step forward following the month-long protests in the center of Kyiv. It is quite a positive development that it is finally possible to move from symbolically meaningful but not very effective demonstrations in the modern “Occupy” fashion towards a broad mobilization of engaged citizens seeking systemic changes, including virtual networks (“with Maidan in our minds,” as Lutsenko put it).

Що це було?

Jan 10, 2014
Що це було – гра, в сенсі глобальної торгівлі, хто більше готовий заплатити і на яких умовах, чи реальне прагнення, щоправда, обумовлене, головним чином, прагматичним розумінням власних інтересів? Так, у схематичному, звичайно, варіанті можна розглядати полеміку, що розгорнулася в Україні та світі після непідписання у Вільнюсі Угоди про асоціацію та посилену зону вільної торгівлі між Україною та Європейським союзом.

Анатомія політичної кризи: народжена в СРСР

Jan 10, 2014
Кожен, хто спостерігає за нинішніми подіями в Україні, має їм своє пояснення. Одні говорять про геостратегічні битви між Заходом і Сходом, інші про початок виборчої кампанії 2015 р., ще інші про патологічну ненависть Януковича до Тимошенко, а треті про черговий глобальний перерозподіл сфер впливу та капіталу. Мабуть, усі ці точки зору мають право на існування і кожна з них єпочасти вірною, однак, лише почасти.

Russian Geopolitical Assault: Possibilities and Realities

Jan 10, 2014
History proves that if, following the radical changes in the international relations, reliable mechanisms and instruments to support the new configuration are not set up, earlier or later some members of the system will try to disrupt the balance of forces. Geopolitical assault can be considered one of such instruments. Its essence is the restoration of the control over the lost territories and spheres of influence, and in the end, it leads not only to restoration, but also to the enhancement of its status in the international system.

Ukraine Rebooting

Jan 10, 2014
Lately we have been hearing more and more cries for “rebooting” Ukraine. Yurii Lutsenko, the former Minister of Internal Affairs, calls for introducing a second and third republic, while Roman Bezsmertny, the author of unaccomplished administrative reform, has undergone a complete reincarnation; "Depa" and "Gepa" insist on moving the capital of the country to Kharkiv, while Andriy Klyuev, a prominent businessman and politician, sympathizes with unfortunate Poland about what it will do with Galicia when it breaks off from Ukraine.

Ion Ratiu Democracy Awardee, Angela Kocze, Speaks for VOA's Press Conference USA

Dec 26, 2013
Roma rights activist Angela Kocze, 2013 recipient of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Ion Ratiu Democracy award, talks about ongoing discrimination and prejudice against the Roma population in Europe on VOA’s Press Conference USA.

Latin American Program in the News: Mexican cartels use social media

Dec 19, 2013
Cartel thugs have become increasingly savvy with social media: posting photographs and videos of themselves decapitating victims with chainsaws and machetes; wielding gold-plated assault weapons; pouting in sexy poses; and warning civilians not to snitch on them.

Historical Perspective on the Purge of Jang Song Thaek

Dec 17, 2013
The December 2013 purge and execution of Jang Song Thaek, who was often described as the No. 2 in North Korea, came four months after the ruling Korean Worker’s Party announced that the Ten Points of the Monolithic Ideological System, the basic tenets of the unitary leadership system in North Korea, had been updated for the new leader, Kim Jong Un.

Latin American Program in the News: How Bogota's trash trouble became a national crisis

Dec 13, 2013
Cynthia Arnson comments on the removal of Gustavo Petro, Bogota's mayor and a former M-19 guerrillero, and how it could undermine general trust in the political system as a democratic arena for conflict resolution and political participation by leftist parties.

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