Political Changes and the Crisis in the Ukraine: What is at Stake?
Social uprising in Ukraine late November 2013 started as the people’s reaction against delaying the free trade agreement with the EU and turned into mass protests against rampant corruption, ineffective governance institutions and human rights abuses. Following the deaths and injuries of the Ukrainian people during the protests in February 2014, ousting of the Ukrainian president, appointment of an interim government and scheduling fresh presidential elections greatly changed the political landscape in Ukraine and triggered Russia’s reaction. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and continuous fuelling of political instability in the eastern regions of Ukraine have complicated the situation. Russian actions in Ukraine also greatly challenge the workability of existing international norms in the area of peace. What implications of the Ukrainian events for human security, for the role of state and international mechanisms to preserve peace will be a topic of the discussion.
Askold Melnyczuk, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Massachusetts Boston. His first novel, What Is Told, called the first American novel about Ukraine, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1994.
Yuliya Rashchupkina is a second year doctoral student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance. She has previously been involved in the activity of human rights NGOs in Ukraine.
Nadiya Kravets, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Nazar Lubchenko is a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering
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