Ukraine Events

"Political Insults: How Offenses Escalate Conflict"

December 17, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
In her new book, Karina V. Korostelina offers a novel framework for analyzing the ways in which seemingly minor insults between ethnic groups, nations, and other types of groups escalate to disproportionately violent behavior and political conflict. The book shows that insult can take many forms and has the power to destablize and redefine social and power hierarchies. Korostelina uses her model to explore recent conflicts in Russia, Ukraine, and elsewhere, and to explain the complicated dynamics associated with them.

Walls in Ukraine: Art before and after the Euromaidan Revolution

December 02, 2014 // 9:00am10:30am
Kennan Institute
The Berlin Wall, marking the “line of freedom,” has moved to the borders of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko observed in an interview in May 2014. Before the current situation in Ukraine, there was a revolution. Now, newly gained freedoms are paid for with an ongoing crisis. How do artists reflect the political turmoil and societal rifts in their art? What are the roles of artists and the arts in Ukraine’s national crisis? Three prominent supporters of the arts in Ukraine will discuss these questions and more one year after the Euromaidan Revolution began.

Transitioning Neighborhood: Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine

November 19, 2014 // 9:30am11:30am
Kennan Institute
Nearly a year after demonstrations erupted in Kyiv, Ukraine is forming a new government and considering the way forward after the recent parliamentary elections. Moldova faces parliamentary elections at the end of the month in which the survival of the current pro-European coalition is at stake. Belarus has been the seat of the Minsk process, the chief international effort to stop the fighting and find a settlement to the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Russia and the EU are deeply interested in each of these countries, which all face unresolved questions about their peace, stability, and political orientation. Three former ambassadors to the region discussed recent events and prospects in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine and a senior State Department official offered a US government perspective on developments in the region.

Inside Georgia Today

November 13, 2014 // 10:30am12:00pm
Kennan Institute
The Kennan Institute held a town hall discussion on the latest developments in Georgia and the neighboring region with Ambassador Tedo Japaridze, former Georgian Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States, and now the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Georgian parliament. Wilson Center Global Fellow Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz posed questions on Georgia's internal political and economic situation, developments with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and Georgia's foreign relations.
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The Role of Ultra-Nationalism in Conflict and Crisis: Russia, Ukraine and the EU

November 12, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Kennan Institute
This event highlighted the growing and complicated role of radical nationalist groups in European politics. It focused on the positions of Russian neo-fascist, fundamentalist, and ethnocentrist groups towards the Kremlin's recent foreign and domestic policies, as well as the complications resulting from Ukrainian nationalism in Kyiv's confrontation with Russia.The panel also addressed how Central and Western European populist and far right parties regard the events in Ukraine.
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Teleconference Ukraine: Elections Amid Ceasefire and Conflict

October 24, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Kennan Institute
There is much riding on the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine on October 26. Ukrainians face an ongoing war despite the tenuous ceasefire in the Donbas region, and severe economic pressures. The desperate need for reform is still at the top of the agenda for Maidan activists who overthrew the Yanukovych regime in February, and for the international community which has pledged to support Ukraine financially through the difficult months ahead. How can the new Rada to be elected this Sunday make meaningful progress in the face of these daunting challenges?

“A Sort of Chautauqua”

October 23, 2014 // 4:00pm6:00pm
Kennan Institute
The Chautauqua is a traveling tent-show that originated in America during the 1800s. These traveling shows featured popular talks intended to edify and entertain, improve the mind and bring culture and enlightenment to the ears and thoughts of the hearer. It is a model that inspires Oleksandr Boichenko, a literary critic, publicist, essayist and translator from Chernivtsi, an emerging center for Ukrainian literature. Boichenko’s Chautauqua at the Wilson Center featured his writings and views on the impact of recent events, from the Maidan to the tenuous ceasefire, on Ukrainian culture.

Ukraine, Russia, and the International Order

October 22, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Kennan Institute
Over the last twenty-five years, the ideal of an integrated Euro-Atlantic community including Russia has gradually faded, as new dividing lines seem to be hardening on the European continent. The Ukrainian crisis and conflict with Russia have effectively brought an end to the post-Cold War era; it remains an open question what will be the outlines and nature of the new era that follows. William H. Hill, former head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, looks at the events in Ukraine from multiple vantage points. What happened in Ukraine and what are the prospects? What motivated Russia’s conduct during the crisis, and what are Moscow’s likely courses of action in the near and medium term? What are U.S. perceptions, motives, and likely responses to the crisis? Finally, what are the implications of the crisis for the Euroatlantic and global international order? Professor Hill shared his analysis on these questions and Kennan Institute Public Policy Scholar Michael Kofman provided commentary.

Film Screening: "The Winter that Changed Us: The First Death"

October 17, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Kennan Institute
The First Death is a short documentary film by Ukrainian independent film project Babylon'13, which details the Maidan movement's first casualty, Serhiy Nigoyan, who died on January 22nd, 2014 from gunshot wounds. Through interviews and live coverage of the events, the film makes the case that the deaths of Nigoyan and other protesters served as the catalyst that turned the movement from a demonstration into a revolution. Film Director Yuriy Gruzinov was joined by Wilson Center Senior Scholar and Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Miller to discuss the movie and the events in Kyiv that sparked the crisis.

Russia and Ukraine: Hybrid War in the Donbas

October 09, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
Much discussion has taken place about the political implications and outcomes of the conflict in Ukraine, but these have been shaped by military realities on the ground. Michael Kofman discussed the current military balance and the actual state of Ukraine’s military and defense industry. The tactics employed in this summer's fighting by all sides will have implications that reverberate throughout the process of ceasefire and political settlement. It is important to understand the military nuances in order to gain perspective on Ukraine's options in the future.

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