The Best Role for Kiev Provisional Government? Exiting.

May 21, 2014
Somewhere between the federal principles espoused by the provisional government and the demand for regional sovereignty displayed in the Donetsk and Luhansk referendums lies a middle ground that may resolve this crisis, writes Will Pomeranz.

The Psychological Contradictions in the Modern Russian-Ukrainian Conflict: How Can Contemporary Psychology Help?

May 21, 2014
There is a special role of psychological knowledge and practice in dealing with modern Russian-Ukrainian relations and conflicts. Understanding such conflicts requires that psychologists find their own perspective in addition to contributing to multi-disciplinary discussions in related fields such as sociology, linguistics etc. What is the specific position of the professional psychologist in the study of these questions?

“Putin’s Doctrine” as a Threat to the International System

May 20, 2014
Putin’s new doctrine is so far just a sketch rather than a finished product ready for immediate implementation. At a certain stage, it may be quietly disavowed; however, a return to a relatively calm period of post-bipolar international relations is unlikely to happen. The world should prepare to live under stricter rules that have yet to make themselves known.

2014 Ahtisaari Symposium Keynote: The Crisis of Euro-Atlantic Security

May 13, 2014
On May 5, 2014, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger – Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, and Distinguished Scholar with the Global Europe Program at the Wilson Center – delivered the keynote address on “The Crisis of Euro-Atlantic Security” at the 2014 Ahtisaari Symposium.

The Foreign Policy Essay: Could Energy Sanctions on Russia Work?

May 05, 2014
Former Fellow Jeff Colgan who has written extensively on energy issues, offers his thoughts on why sanctions on Russia are not likely to work in checking Russian intervention.

Важкі часи для Одеси

May 05, 2014
Хаос, який охопив Україну в останні місяці, зачепив і Одесу. В цьому зазвичай спокійному і розслабленому місті тепер з’явилася напруга, якої вже не відчувалося багато десятиліть. Одесити, які люблять говорити про погоду, мистецтво та спорт, зараз розпочали нескінченні політичні дебати. Думки міських жителів розійшлися; вони шукають, хто винний в тому, що сталося. Місто, яке завжди славилося толерантністю (незважаючи на деякі трагічні події минулого, наприклад, єврейські погроми на початку ХХ століття), зараз не впізнати.

The Hard Times in the Life of Odessa

May 05, 2014
The turmoil that has encompassed Ukraine in the recent months has not left the city of Odessa unscathed. This usually calm and relaxed city is now tense as it has not been in decades. The Odessites who would usually prefer talking weather, art, sports are now all suffocating in endless political debates. City dwellers are divided; there is plenty of blame that goes around. The city, that has praised itself for tolerance (despite some ugly events in the past, like anti-Jewish riots in early XX century, for example), can not live up to that status as of right now.

Dealing with Russia: A Way Forward

May 02, 2014
"Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has been the subject of many editorials and op eds. However, there has not been enough analysis as to why relations with Russia have reached this impasse nor lessons learned on how to manage relations with Russia going forward," writes Global Fellow Kenneth Yalowitz.

Діалог українських та російських інтелектуалів і митців очима політолога

Apr 29, 2014
24 – 25 квітня 2014 року в Києві відбувся конгрес української та російської інтелігенції "Україна – Росія: діалог", організаторами і спонсорами якого були: "Відкрита Росія" Михаїла Ходорковського, Російський ПЕН-центр (керівник Людмила Улицька) і рух "Третя республіка" (Юрій Луценко). З російського та українського боку було запрошено по 150 учасників.

Art in the Revolution of Consciousness

Apr 29, 2014
When in 1756 French enlightener Honoré Gabriel Mirabeau introduced the notion of «civilization» into academic vocabulary, he meant the society based on the principles of intelligence and justice. Later German philosopher Oswald Spengler pessimistically viewed civilization as “numbing” of culture’s organic life, its collapse, as well as conversion of labor into mechanical work devoid of creativity. Contemporary American scholar Samuel Huntington elaborated a theory on the collision of different cultures in present epoch, as well as defined civilization as cultural community of the highest rank and cultural identity of people of the greatest level.