Course on the Euromaidan

University of Alberta launches a special course on the Euromaidan

Photo: Panorama of the "March of Millions" in Kyiv. Illustration for announced course on the Euromaidan at the University of Alberta.
Aerial panorama of Kyiv’s “March of Millions.” Source: vidomosti-ua.com

In the Fall of 2014,  the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies of the University of Alberta will be launching a special course, devoted to recent events in Ukraine.

Titled “SLAV 299 A2 – Europe and the Ukrainian (Euromaidan) Revolution,”  this course can be found on BearTracks under Fall semester listings.

It will be taught on T & Th 2:00 – 3:20 pm by Professors
Oleh Ilnytzkyj and Natalia Pylypiuk, with guest speakers.

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Three Fears Which Came True During Euromaidan

Image: Euromaidan poster. Illustration for Anna Lachykhina's "Three Fears Which Came True During Euromaidan."
Euromaidan poster. Source: euromaydan.in

Anna Lachykhina
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Faculty of Social Sciences and Social Technologies,
Master Program of Political Science (1st year)
from Simferopol, Crimea

Being born in an independent country, living in peace in the civilized world of 21st century, I have never thought of bombs, weapons, and battle causalities or even deaths as something more realistic than historical facts from textbooks. Euromaidan started as a peaceful demonstration and turned out into a hostile confrontation between the Ukrainian riot police and activists. At this point awful scenes from the history became the heartbreaking reality where my three militaristic fears came true. Read more

Euromaindan: Revision of the World Diplomac

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Nazar Gavryshko
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Faculty of Computer Sciences
Master Program (1st year)
from Kamyanka Buzkatown, Lviv region

The whole world was watching dramatic events happening in Ukraine during the last three months when Ukrainian Maidan revealed the weakness of the world diplomacy nobody had talked about before.

First of all, the system of international deals has appeared to be broken. Ukraine was guaranteed to be protected by USA, Great Britain and Russia as a member of Budapest memorandum, 1994. But, as we see now, the Russian Federation, which was a guarantor of Ukrainian sovereignty, is performing direct aggression against Ukraine by annexing Crimea region. At the same time the USA and Great Britain fold their hands just watching and being deeply concerned. So, we can tell that international deals made even between such world giants as the USA, Russia and Great Britain do not guarantee safety and territorial integrity. Read more

History Reversed – History Re-lived

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Bohdan Nahaylo

During the half-a-year since the courageous students in the Maidan dared to declare “enough!” and to sound the clarion call to national revolution, we have witnessed: the heroic resistance to, and overthrow of, a corrupt, cynical, and in essence anti-Ukrainian regime; the immediate back-lash from the ancient regime’s backers in the Kremlin aimed at denying Ukraine’s right as a sovereign nation to self-determination, both internally in terms of its democratic choice, and externally as regards self-identification and alignment with the Euro-Atlantic community of states and their values; and, annexation via brutal force, subterfuge and a pseudo-referendum of Crimea, and the replication of these vile methods, with a similar anti-Ukrainian aim, in the Donbas.

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Gas Contracts and Fighting Corruption

Gas Contracts and Fighting Corruption: The Long Link between Lyubi Druzi and Firtash
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Taras Kuzio

Lingering doubt over Yulia Tymoshenko’s signing of the 2009 gas contract with then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has remained. Nevertheless, what is clearly seen in Ukraine’s gas relations with Russia during the last decade are three points. Firstly, it would be mistaken to assume only one Ukrainian gas contract (signed in 2009) was bad when all of them were corrupt. Secondly, there was little to differentiate the 2006, 2009 and 2010 gas contracts in terms of their poor quality. Thirdly, the so-called “pragmatic wing” (Lyubi Druzi) of the national democratic camp have never viewed gas intermediaries with Russia as problematic and some, such as Peto Yushchenko made millions from them. Serhiy  Taruta was reported by a US diplomatic cable as saying  that Viktor ‘Yushchenko never raised gas intermediaries as a problem that required a resolution and was comfortable with RUE.’

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Інтерв’ю Володимира Кулика про роль українських медій в ситуації зовнішньої агресії з боку Росії

 Координатор Сучасного українського дослідницького форуму: Справа Євромайдану  Олександр Панкєєв взяв інтерв’ю у  Володимира Кулика про роль українських ЗМІ в ситуації зовнішньої агресії з боку Росії. Володимир Кулик – доктор політичних наук, провідний науковий співробітник відділу етнополітології Інституту політичних і етнонаціональних досліджень ім. І. Ф. Кураса НАН України.  Коло його інтересів охоплює  дослідження медійного дискурсу, мовної політики, мовних ідеологій, політики пам’яті, етнополітики, ідентичності та націоналізму. 

Interview of Volodymyr Kulyk about the role of the Ukrainian media in  the situation of  the external aggression from Russia

Oleksandr Pankieiev, coordinator of the Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum: The Case of Euromaidan, interviewed Dr. Volodymyr Kulyk,  senior research fellow, ethnopolitics department, Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. His research fields include the media discourse, language policy, language ideologies, politics of memory, ethnopolitcs, identity, nationalism. In his interview Dr Volodymyr Kulyk  talks about the role of the Ukrainian media in  the situation of  the external aggression from Russia.

Volodymyr Kravchenko on Putin’s Ukraine Doctrine

Putin’s Ukraine Doctrine: in captivity stereotypes

Volodymyr Kravchenko,
CIUS Director,
University of Alberta, Edmonton

1395224096_krim-russkiy The two heads of the eagle on Russia’s coat of arms, said to face both East and West, seem today to be pulling to the past and to the future, history and geography. In Eastern Europe, geography is in constant battle with history, never more so than today as Russia tests its new/old political doctrine in Ukraine.

President Putin held a telethon on April 17 designed to highlight his Ukraine policy following on his annexation of Crimea. Performing supporting roles at this stage-managed ceremony were representatives of the Russian opposition and Western analysts, members of the Valdai Club. I hope those in attendance won’t take offense, but they were a sorry spectacle.

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Round Table on the Future of Ukraine

Round Table with David R. Marples and Taras Kuzio: “Russia’s Annexation of Crimea and the Future of Ukraine”


CIUS Round table Thursday, 3 April 2014, “Russia’s Annexation of Crimea and the Future of Ukraine” featuring the institute’s two leading specialists on the subject, David R. Marples and Taras Kuzio.
The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies continues to monitor and assess the situation in Ukraine, thereby providing important academic and community services.

Politics of Energy Dependency

Margarita M. Balmaceda on the Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania Between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian

Recent events in Ukraine again raise the question of  choices and the role of powerful domestic groups in relations with Russia and the EU. The Politics of Energy Dependency considers these issues from the perspective of post-independence energy policies in three states: Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania. Dr. Balmaceda’s project analyzes the effect of these countries’ geographic location on Russia’s ability to use energy as a foreign-policy tool in the region and on their own political development. Read more

The US and EU Must Take New Steps Quickly to Help Ukraine

Dr. Taras Kuzio

News organizations last week reported a new conclusion by US intelligence agencies that Russian forces massed on Ukraine’s eastern borders are increasingly likely to invade mainland Ukraine, only weeks after seizing Crimea. Russian President Vladimir Putin is determined to undermine the political legitimacy of a Ukrainian government that has shown itself insistent on aligning with the European Union rather than Russia. And that means derailing the May 25 election in which Ukraine will certainly choose a president who would pursue that European option. A successful election would unravel Putin’s argument that Viktor Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine last month into Russian exile, remains Ukraine’s legitimately elected president. Read more