HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Ukraine

By Katia Tassone On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, Sir Elton John announced a new charity project in Kyiv to help homeless women receive access to HIV and AIDS treatment. The project is being launched in partnership with the Ukrainian businesswoman Elena Pinchuk (the wife of the Ukrainian steel magnate and philanthropist Viktor Pinchuk), and it … Continue reading

Gender Quotas in Ukraine: To Be or Not To Be?

By Tamara Martsenyuk, PhD in Sociology, Associate Professor at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy On October 25-26 2011, Ukraine hosted the international conference “Current Trends of Development of National Gender Mechanisms in European Countries,” which took place within the framework of the Ukrainian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers [1]. The … Continue reading

The Little Catholic University that Could: How Ukrainians are Reshaping the Face of Higher Learning

Interview by Ashton Osmak Fr. Borys Gudziak, Rector of Lviv’s Ukrainian Catholic University, has more than just hope for the future of higher education in Ukraine. He has a mission: “It may sound bold, but we are trying to rethink what it means to be a university in the 21st century.” The claim is bold, … Continue reading

Kyiv. The Day of Tymoshenko’s Arrest. 5 August 2011

Prof. Marta Dyczok, Associate Professor, Departments of History and Political Science, University of Western Ontario Today Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was arrested. Around 4:00 PM on a Friday afternoon in the middle of summer, in a political trial that has been going on for weeks. The charismatic, photogenic leader of the 2004 Orange … Continue reading

Chesspad Puzzle

Ostap Kryvdyk, Journalist, Political scientist and Activist Elections-2012 have already started in Ukraine. They’re not like EURO-2012, where everybody can see the stadiums and the roads constructed – it’s more like building an iceberg, a common Ukrainian would never see. Now it’s time for the future MP candidates to hire their team members, to make … Continue reading

And The Show Goes On… But Who’s Still Watching?

Daniel Fedorowycz, CERES Graduate Student, University of Toronto   Another year, another drama in the never-ending saga of Ukrainian Politics.  But as is the case with any drawn-out television show, at some point or another, people lose interest and stop watching. True, there are always those diehard fans who refuse to miss the latest episode … Continue reading

The Trial of Yulia Tymoshenko. Or, How to Paint Yourself Into a Corner

Orest Zakydalsky,  Freelance Researcher and Analyst   In 400 BC, Sun Tzu wrote perhaps the most profound sentence about how to win conflicts – “The way to avoid what is strong is to strike what is weak.” If anyone in the Yanukovych administration had bothered to read the works of the great Chinese strategist, they … Continue reading

National Peculiarities of Homophobia in Ukraine

Tamara Martsenyuk, PhD in Sociology, Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy In Ukraine lately sexual identity issue is widely used to raise questions about morality, demography, and even national threat. One of the largest fighters “for moral cleanliness of the Ukrainian society and against propaganda of perversion” is so … Continue reading

National Interests on Trial: Flawed Logic in a Flawed Political System

By Nadiya Kravets, University of Oxford DPhil Politics Photo Gas Politics Care of Although much has been said in the Ukrainian press about the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko, it is still unclear what she is on trial for. For abusing her executive powers as a Prime Minister when signing the gas agreements in 2009? … Continue reading

Холодне освітнє літо 2011/Cold summer of education – 2011

В Україні літо — це гаряча пора. Не тільки тому, що температура висока. Літом відбувається вступ до університетів. Абітурієнти мучаться із вибором навчального закладу та чергами на здачу документів до нього ж. Працівники університетів заклопотані збором документів та намаганням отримати більше бюджетних місць на навчання студентів. Студенти ж, як правило, на відпочинку — їм гаряче … Continue reading

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