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Sergiy Kudelia 13 Oct 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) On May 7, 2015, three servicemen of the Ukrainian armed forces went on a mission to find separatist collaborators in Sartana, a small town in the Donetsk region. They forced one randomly detained suspect into the trunk of their car, took him to a clandestine interrogation site in the nearby town of Hnutove, and asked him to list all known separatists. After the suspect repeatedly refused, he was brutally beaten and left...
PONARS Eurasia 31 Mar 2017
(Monkey Cage blog) Joshua Tucker asked eight PONARS Eurasia experts on Russian politics: Do the protests that took place across 99 cities in Russia on Sunday signify that meaningful change in Russian politics is likely? Why or why not? Here are the replies. Graeme Robertson: Putin’s vulnerable Theodore Gerber: Any government response will bring out more protesters Sarah Sokhey: Putin has options, so don’t expect...
How Changing Ukrainian Society Impacts the Chances for Peace | Dubovyk, Kudelia, Matsiyevsky (Part 2 of 2)
PONARS Eurasia 06 Mar 2017
Last month a major battle broke out between Russian-backed insurgents and Ukrainian forces in the town of Avdiivka in Ukraine. Alongside the return of such violence in the Donbas, Ukrainian society has changed greatly since 2014 in ways that impact the chances for conflict resolution. In this two-part commentary series, PONARS Eurasia members argue for the importance of properly understanding regional divergences in identity, public political attitudes...
Sergiy Kudelia 25 Jul 2016
(oDR) At a press conference in early June, president Petro Poroshenko sought to reassure the Ukrainian and foreign media: “I give you my personal guarantee: there are no threats to journalists working in Ukraine.” This statement followed the disclosure of private information about thousands of journalists accused of collaborating with “terrorists” in eastern Ukraine on a website controlled by Anton...
PONARS Eurasia 06 Feb 2015
A group of former senior military and diplomatic officials have called for the United States to provide $1 billion a year in military assistance to Ukraine over the next three years (see their report here). This would be primarily for non-lethal items but also allow for the provision of weaponry such as light anti-armor missiles. Should Washington take their advice? Volodymyr Dubovyk, Mechnikov National University (Odessa): I believe that Washington...
Sergiy Kudelia 19 Nov 2014
(Open Democracy) As Leo Tolstoy famously quipped, had Napoleon’s cold on the day of the battle of Borodino really affected the course of war then the valet who failed to bring him his waterproof boots should have been the saviour of Russia. There are few saviours in Wilson’s book (partially because the battle for Ukraine is not over), but plenty of attention to quirks of history and the idiosyncrasies of individual actors. For Wilson, two men...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Nov 2014
Leading scholars on contemporary Ukrainian issues, including PONARS Eurasia members Samuel Charap, Keith Darden, Dmitry Gorenburg, Serhiy Kudelia, Maria Popova, Oxana Shevel, and Lucan Way, gathered October 30-November 1 at the Univesity of Ottawa for the annual Danyliw Research Seminar. See all the presentations, highlights, and interviews on the Danyliw YouTube channel.
Sergiy Kudelia 06 Nov 2014
The response to my PONARS memo from Yuriy Matsiyevsky challenges my account on four points: 1) explaining the timing of the insurgency; 2) explaining the spatial variation of the insurgency; 3) explaining the sources of fear among the locals; and 4) the use of terms in my analysis. I address each of these points below. On the Timing of the Insurgency Matsiyevsky argues that the secessionist mobilization in the Donbas started only after the Crimean...
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