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Ukrainian Studies Event: Populists, Reformers, Russian Soft Power and War
April 11 @ 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for a presentation by Taras Kuzio (National University of Kyivan Mohyla Academy, Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins University – SAIS).
Five years after the Euromaidan Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine held presidential in March and will hold parliamentary elections in October 2019. The elections will not witness the traditional battle between ‘pro-Western’ and ‘pro-Russian’ forces because 16% of traditionally pro-Russian voters and 27 election districts are under Russian occupation in the Crimea and Donbas, the Party of Regions no longer exists, and the Communist Party is banned. Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, the on-going Russian-Ukrainian war in the Donbas and Azov Sea will provide the background to an election that will resemble those held those in Europe and the US where populists battle against reformers. With Russian soft power in Ukraine in terminal decline, as seen in the emergence of a Ukrainian Orthodox Church independent of Moscow, the 2019 elections will be a test if Ukraine’s reforms and European integration will continue and prove to be irreversible by the 2024 elections.
Learn more on the event page: https://harriman.columbia.edu/event/populists-reformers-russian-soft-power-and-war-ukraines-2019-elections