Posts by Oxana Shevel

Оксана Шевель 10-08-2019
(Monkey Cage blog) Here’s how Zelensky’s anti-corruption campaign matters for international politics. The revelation that President Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for a “favor” presents a challenge to Zelensky. He needs to convince domestic and international audiences that his agenda on reform against corruption isn’t just a campaign promise. Whether he passes or fails this test will affect Ukraine’s relations with European allies,...
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Оксана Шевель 02-17-2016
(WP) Yesterday, the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, issued a call for the current prime minister of Ukraine, Arseniy  Yatsenyuk, to resign, after which Yatsenyuk survived a vote of no confidence. To help make sense of these events – and their implication for both the short and long-term future of Ukraine – I emailed political scientist Oxana Shevel of Tufts University for her reaction. What follows is a lightly edited transcript of her answers to...
Оксана Шевель 10-29-2014
(Monkey Cage) The 2014 snap elections to the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) that took place on Oct. 26, 2014 will likely go down in history as a watershed election in Ukraine’s post-Soviet history. For the first time, instead of a closely divided legislature with pro-Russian and pro-European parties nearly equally matched, the October 2014 election produced a parliament where pro-European parties will hold a dominant majority.  With 97.83 percent...
Оксана Шевель 07-21-2014
The crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine thrust the conflict between the Ukrainian government and the Russia-backed rebels into renewed international focus.  The three months-long conflict has been retreating to the backburner of the international news coverage, even as the humanitarian crisis in the region engulfed by the rebellion and the death toll has been growing. The MH17 tragedy draws renewed western...
Оксана Шевель 03-27-2014
Russia’s annexation of Crimea is rapidly becoming the new reality on the ground. But the battle for Crimea is not over, even if this battle will be waged not with weapons but by legal maneuvers and diplomatic tugs of war for years to come. In this legal battle, the Crimean Tatars may turn out to be an important asset, despite making up only around 12 percent to 15 percent of the Crimean population. Since the start of the conflict, both Moscow and Kyiv...
Оксана Шевель 03-03-2014
All eyes are on Crimea, in Ukraine, where unidentified armed men have taken over local government buildings in the regional capital, Simferopol, hoisting Russian flags on the roofs and the Russian military has taken blocked two airports and the Ukrainian coast guard’s base, as well as some telecommunications. Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov announced that Russia is attempting to annex Ukrainian territory and is implementing the Abkhaz...
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Оксана Шевель 08-02-2013
(Video) "The Politics of Memory in a Divided Society: A Comparison of Post-Franco Spain and Post-Soviet Ukraine," a lecture by Oxana Shevel (Оксана Шевель), available on YouTube. Audio courtesy of Center for Russia, East Europe & Central Asia (CREECA), University of Wisconsin-Madison. Contents:
- Historical memory, President Viktor Yushchenko sought reconciliation of Ukrainian veterans who fought on different sides during...
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