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An Interview with Title VIII Short-Term Scholar Olena Lennon

Olena Lennon was a recent Title VIII Short-Term Scholar with the Kennan Institute who has focused her research on the relationship between Ukrainian advocacy groups in the United States and U.S. policy makers. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Political Science and National Security at the University of New Haven.

Q: Describe your background and what brought you to the Wilson Center

Remembering and Recreating Chernobyl

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Craig Mazin, the writer, creator, and executive producer of the HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl, discusses his approach to creating a dramatized account of the historic 1986 nuclear accident in Ukraine which was then part of the Soviet Union. The critically-acclaimed miniseries tells the story of the men and women who made sacrifices to save Europe from an unprecendented disaster while battling the USSR's culture of disinformation.



Chernobyl: Memory, Meaning, and Legacy

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Joseph Dresen, Senior Program Associate with the Kennan Institute. He recalls his travels to Kyiv and the Soviet Union during the week of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 and previews the Kennan Institute’s upcoming screening of the first episode of the HBO miniseries “Chernobyl.”  That June 26 event will feature a conversation with writer, creator, and executive producer Craig Mazin.

From TV Sitcom to Reality: Ukraine Elects Volodymyr Zelenskiy

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we discuss the latest from Ukraine post-election. Matthew Rojansky, the Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, provides analysis on President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an actor, comedian and political satirist, who won a compelling 73% of the vote throughout the nation.



The Future of Ukrainian Oligarchs

Twenty-seven years after independence, the Ukrainian economy continues to struggle. The broad influence of oligarchs, who rely on insider deals and hidden political connections to maximize their wealth, is one reason for Ukraine’s faltering development. Victor Andrusiv presented the findings of his new report, which details the influence of oligarchs on Ukrainian society, industry, and politics and three scenarios for their future in Ukraine.