Bohdan Klid responds to Steven Cohen

Bohdan Klid to PBS ombudsman, Michael Getler, in response to professor Steven Cohen’s comments made during the PBS Newshour program (3 March 2014) on Ukraine’s new government.

I am writing to register a complaint about professor Steven Cohen’s comments broadcast on the PBS Newshour on 3 March 2014 (Seattle station). Dr. Cohen said that the new government in Ukraine was illegitimate and extremist. On what evidence would he base this claim? Such a statement is strongly at odds with the position of all of the EU states, the US, and Canada, which have indicated support for the provisional authorities in Kyiv. Moreover, it is now abundantly clear that the former president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country to avoid answering before Ukraine’s parliament for his government’s decisions to use deadly force against demonstrators. Also, there is ample evidence to support charges of fraud, embezzlement and corruption involving tens of billions of dollars. Finally, 371 members of parliament (of 450 elected) voted to remove him from office. In short, professor Cohen’s comments are nothing short of irresponsible. In the context of the extremely dangerous situation, following incursions by Russia’s troops into Crimea and threats of invasion of eastern Ukraine, they are also extremely reckless.

Dr. Bohdan Klid, Assistant Director
Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
430 Pembina Hall, University of Alberta
Edmonton AB  T6G 2H8 Canada
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E-mail: bklid@ualberta.ca

Volodymyr Kravchenko on Ukraine after Yanukovych

Ukraine after Yanukovych through a Historian’s Eyes

Volodymyr Kravchenko, Director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS)
Volodymyr Kravchenko
Director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and Professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

On the one hand, a professional historian finds it more difficult than a political scientist or a sociologist to define what is now happening in Ukraine, since his conceptual apparatus is different from theirs. On the other hand, the current Ukrainian phenomenon, which has aroused alarm and hope throughout the world, cannot be understood without some grasp of history. Read more

Symposium: “After Vilnius: Which Way for Ukraine?”

Symposium Hosted by CIUS – “After Vilnius: Which Way for Ukraine?”

President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to postpone the signing of an association agreement with the European Union at the Vilnius summit in November 2013 has resulted in an unprecedented crisis in Ukraine that is far from being resolved months later. To analyze the current crisis and forecast its likely aftermath, the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) at the University of Alberta invited several prominent political experts to participate in a symposium titled “After Vilnius: Which Way for Ukraine?” (held on 30 January 2014). Read more