Centre for Political and Regional Studies
Established in 2013 and housed within the CIUS, the Centre for Political and Regional Studies aims to support, promote, and disseminate research dealing with independent (post-1991) Ukraine from the perspective of the social sciences. When fully operational, it will deliver a comprehensive programme of grants, scholarships, conferences, seminars, guest speakers, and publications. The Centre will also encourage interdisciplinary and comparative scholarship. Its long-term objective is to become the leading North American social science research hub exploring Ukraine’s developmental path, creating knowledge that will be relevant theoretically as well as in public policy terms. It will serve as a vital link connecting social scientists in Ukraine with their counterparts in the West, providing access mutually beneficial to both.
In the interim, the Centre is headed by its Acting Coordinator, Dr. Bohdan Harasymiw, Professor Emeritus of Political Science of the University of Calgary; Dr. Taras Kuzio is research associate.
Is the dream of Ukrainian sovereignty — resuscitated most recently in 2014 — about to be permanently extinguished? Is the undeclared war in eastern Ukraine the last gasp? The answer depends on uncovering the true nature of the conflict going on there. Some are calling it a “civil war,” while others see it as outright invasion. Still others look for clues in the mind and strategies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. A clearer understanding of the nature of present-day warfare provides a basis for anticipating how this conflict is liable to unfold in the coming year.
Location: 1-15 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta
Location:Education South 165
1. Dr. Bohdan Harasymiw, “War in Ukraine”
2. Dr. Oleh Ilnytzkyj and Dr. Natalia Pylypiuk, MLCS, with students from SLAV 299 “Europe and the Ukrainian (Euromaidan) Revolution”
Introduced by Jars Balan, this documentary film, with footage from the demonstrations that began in November 2013 and culminated in a change of government in February 2014, shows what happened to the protesters who resisted the Yanukovych regime and who died or went missing as a result. After the film, staff from the CIUS will share their thoughts and reflections.