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February 13, 2001

Dr. Oleksander Pavliuk:
John Kolasky Memorial Fellow for 2000/2001

This year's recipient of the John Kolasky Memorial Fellowship, awarded annually by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, was Dr. Oleksandr Pavliuk, a historian from Kyiv, Ukraine. Dr. Pavliuk graduated from Kyiv's Taras Shevchenko State University with an MA degree in international relations and international law (1985). In 1987-90 he taught history of Ukraine at Rivne's D. Manuilsky State Pedagogical Institute. In 1990-93 he was a Ph.D. student at the Ukrainian Institute of International Relations at Kyiv State University. In 1993, he defended his Ph.D. dissertation (in history) entitled Eastern Galicia in European Politics, 1918-19. Primary sources of his doctoral research were relatively unknown and little studied archival documents in Ukraine, Canada, the USA and Italy pertaining to the foreign policies of the Western Ukrainian People’s Republic and the political activities of its leaders. Dr. Pavliuk became one of the first researchers to systematically study the archives of the government-in-exile of the Western Ukrainian People’s Republic. By his own accounts these archives alone consist of 543 boxes of documents that are kept in the Ukrainian Catholic University in Rome. Upon completing his doctoral programme he taught courses on the foundations of political science, the history of 20th century Ukraine, European civilization, and on the history of international relations at the National University of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. At the same time he continued his scholarly research. In addition to continuing his work in the history of Ukrainian diplomacy Dr. Pavliuk became increasingly interested in contemporary international policies of Ukraine, especially problems of international security. In 1997, he became the director of the Kyiv office of the East-West Institute, which is based in New York, NY.

Oleksander Pavliuk is the author of the monograph Ukraine’s Struggle for Independence and the US Policy, 1917-23 ("Borot'ba Ukrainy za nezalezhnist' i polityka SshA, 1917-23 rr."), as well as more than 40 other scholarly publications, including articles in such influential magazines as Foreign Affairs and Security Dialogue. His most recent book (published in 2000) is the collection of articles , Building Security in the New States of Eurasia. Sub-Regional Co-Operation of the Former Soviet States, which he edited. This volume and other publications pertaining to contemporary Ukraine have established Dr. Oleksander Pavliuk as a leading expert on issues of European and regional security in Ukraine.

While on his fellowship, Dr. Pavliuk has continuing working on questions related to the foreign policy of Ukraine, such as its relations with neighbouring countries, Ukraine’s role in regional politics of the Black Sea area and Central and Eastern Europe, Ukraine’s relations with the West, and its participation in European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

Dr. Pavliuk’s scholarly contacts with his colleagues in Canada began in 1991. By his own admission, Canada was the first Western country he visited as a scholar. Thanks to the Neporany Fellowship awarded by the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies, he was able to spend four months doing research in Edmonton at the University of Alberta's Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, and later in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, and finally in the archives of the Western Ukrainian People’s Republic at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Rome, Italy.

This time, Oleksandr Pavliuk’s stay in Canada has several aspects: continuing research on the foreign policies of independent Ukrainian governments in 1917-23 and how international factors contributed to the defeat of Ukraine’s struggle for independence. (His study will make comparisons to the successes of such neighbouring nations as the Poles, Czechs, Slovaks and the Balts.) He also is working on studying Ukraine’s relations with the West since the ten-year period of independence.

During his stay in Toronto as the John Kolasky Memorial Fellow, Dr. Pavliuk completed a voluminous 100-page chapter entitled "The Diplomacy of Independent Ukrainian Governments, 1917-23, "which will become part of a large collective monograph on the history of Ukrainian diplomacy, due to be published by the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in the spring of 2001. This study will become the first scholarly publication on the history of Ukrainian foreign policy and diplomacy. Dr. Pavliuk is also working on his second monograph on the international aspects of Ukraine's struggle for national liberation in 1917-23. While in Canada, Oleksandr Pavliuk also plans to prepare several articles on Ukraine’s current relations with the West, including on the policies of the United States and European Union towards Ukraine and their impact on the internal transformations taking place in Ukraine today, including on its geopolitical situation.

Dr. Pavliuk as well has made presentations in Toronto and other cities of Canada and the United States. He presented the paper "Transformations in Ukraine and its Relations with the European Union for a seminar sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto. He also gave a talk to students of the Russian and East-European Studies Centre of the University of Toronto, and at the Kennan Institute in Washington, DC on "Ukraine’s Regional Policies within GUUAM." In Edmonton he spoke at a CIUS-sponsored seminar on "Ukraine's Search for Regional Stability" on March 7 and the following day delivered the 35th annual Shevchenko Lecture on "A Challenging Decade: Ukraine and the West, 1991-2001." He then went on to Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, where he gave talks on the same topics. He is scheduled to speak in London, Ontario. At the University of Western Ontario on "International Aspects of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-23" and later at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and in Potsdam, Germany, at the International Conference on the Creation of a New System of European Security on "Relations between Ukraine and the European Union."

In addition to his duties as the director of the EastWest Institute's Kyiv Centre, Dr. Pavliuk is a member of the Advisory Board of the Kennan Institute in Washington, DC, and of the Scholarly Consultative Council to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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