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Author: Andreas Umland

Why a Zelenskiy presidency will not be the end of Ukraine

Zelenskiy’s likely success in Ukraine’s upcoming presidential elections will be an enormous aberration. It will create high risks because of the new president’s lack of experience, yet also provide new opportunities of integration between Ukraine’s state and society.

April 17, 2019 - Andreas Umland

The Yuri Tymoshenko risk

There is a dangerous scenario for the first round of Ukraine’s upcoming presidential elections: political-technological trickery could unsettle social stability in Ukraine. Cynical puppet masters are prepared to risk the outbreak of a major domestic civil conflict for the sake of securing re-election of Ukraine’s incumbent president.

March 27, 2019 - Andreas Umland

Ukraine’s far right unclear prospects in the 2019 elections

Moscow has long exploited Ukraine’s far-right movements as scarecrows, inflating their political importance, in an effort to discredit the Ukrainian nation, as a whole. But in reality, ultra-nationalist parties in post-Soviet Ukraine have struggled to find support for several election cycles now. If the various groups cannot unite, they are likely to fail once again in the 2019 parliamentary elections.

March 22, 2019 - Andreas Umland

How to make Eastern Europe’s gray zone less gray?

The United States’ Baltic and Adriatic Charters could become templates for embedding Ukraine and Georgia, as well as possibly Moldova and Azerbaijan, into a provisional multilateral security network. Despite certain caveats, a US-GUAM Charter would be a small but symbolically significant step forward in making Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus more secure.

March 6, 2019 - Andreas Umland Iryna Vereshchuk

The ambivalence of the Zelenskiy candidacy

Could the jester become king?

February 22, 2019 - Andreas Umland

Ukraine’s Black Sea coast: the next geopolitical flashpoint?

The Kerch Strait incident in November 2018 indicates that the geographic focal point of the Russian-Ukrainian military conflict may be currently shifting from the Donets Basin to the Black and Azov Seas. Four factors in particular make further tensions between Moscow and Kyiv, along the shores of the Crimean peninsula and Ukraine’s southeastern mainland coastline probable.

February 15, 2019 - Andreas Umland

Will Ukraine’s Euromaidan democrats enter parliament and government?

A recent forum of democratic forces in Kyiv may have finally started the formation of a broad pro-reform coalition of largely untainted Ukrainian anti-corruption fighters.

February 8, 2019 - Andreas Umland

How Ukraine’s decentralisation makes the country more resilient and helps post-Soviet democratisation

Contrary to widely assumed western opinion, Ukraine is not pursuing decentralisation because the West tells it to, but because she has herself decided to do so. The reform helps combatting corruption and protecting Ukraine’s national sovereignty. Moreover, decentralisation practices in Ukraine can, in the future, become models for the entire post-Soviet space.

January 31, 2019 - Andreas Umland

How to talk about Ukrainian politics in the West

Hyperbolic warnings about allegedly disastrous consequences of a Tymoshenko presidency are demobilising western support for Ukrainian reforms and defence.

January 21, 2019 - Andreas Umland

As good as it gets

Should the West start preparing itself for a Ukraine under President Tymoshenko?

December 12, 2018 - Andreas Umland

From Amalgamation of Local Communities to a New Governance System in Post-Euromaidan Ukraine

Ukraine's decentralisation reforms are changing the organisational structure of the country. What about its Constitution?

June 19, 2018 - Andreas Umland Anthony Levitas Maryna Rabinovych

Why Aleksandr Dugin’s “Neo-Eurasianism” Is not Eurasianist

An ideological platform that is bringing Russian and Western right wing revisionists closer together.

June 8, 2018 - Andreas Umland

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