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

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 Guardian.co.uk 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

Yanukovych’s Judicial Reform: Power & Policy

By Peter Solomon Jr., Professor of Political Science, Law and Criminology, University of Toronto Within a mere four months from the formation of a working group to adoption, the Yanukovych team produced in July 2010 a major law on the judiciary and the courts. Addressing long standing issues such as the system of judicial appointment and … Continue reading

Staying Afloat: Yanukovych’s Catch 22

By Orest Zakydalsky, Toronto-based Researcher and Analyst The Yanukovych Administration has spent the last year single-mindedly consolidating its power and marginalizing its opponents. In a sense, it has been largely successful: a new government and parliamentary majority was formed unconstitutionally; the Constitutional Court reversed the 2004 changes and returned Kuchma-era powers to Yanukovych; local elections, … Continue reading

20 Years of Independence and One Year of Yanukovych: A Year in Review

Happy First Birthday Mister President! Welcome to our inaugural edition. We  hope to provide intensive and engaging expert analysis of current events in Ukraine. We welcome comments and submissions. I have asked the contributors to write different analyses of the first year of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency for the launch of our monthly blog. … Continue reading

The Dilemma of Ukraine’s Extreme Right

(Media Credit/RadioSvoboda.org/RFERL) By Dr. Serhiy Kudelia, assistant professor of political science, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” Viktor Yanukovych has become a blessing in disguise for Ukraine’s extreme right, particularly for the political fortunes of its leading flag-bearer party “Svoboda.” During his first year as president Yanukovych reversed most of the nationalist policies inherited from Yushchenko … Continue reading

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