Projects

Andreas Umland: Towards a Kyiv-Berlin Axis?

Andreas Umland, a Nonresident Fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, Principal Researcher of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv, Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Jena, as well as General Editor of the book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” and “Ukrainian Voices”, prepared counterintuitive deliberations on a possible future partnership between Ukraine and Germany.

Opportunities and Risks in Zelenskyy’s New Ukraine

The party of new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky secured a historic win in the recent parliamentary election. Why a high concentration of power in the hands of the “Servant of the People” party does imply enormous opportunities and risks? What is the major challenge for Zelenskyy? Will Ukraine’s almost three decades old habitual elite continuity be finally broken, with this new exchange in the composition of its political class? Andreas Umland provided answers to these questions. Andreas Umland is a Nonresident Fellow of the Institute of International Relations at Prague, Principal Researcher at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv, Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Jena, as well as General Editor of the ibidem Press book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” and “Ukrainian Voices”.

Ukraine’s Language Law: Whose Rights Are Protected?

Natalia Kudriavtseva, associate professor of Kherson National Technical University, analyzed the Law on Ensuring the Functioning of Ukrainian as the State Language for Wilson Center. What is forbidden under this law? What do public opinion polls show? And whose rights are protected? Read in the article.

Balint Magyar: Development trajectories of post-communist regimes

Balint Magyar gave a speech at the conference in Jurmala, which is a part of our “Thirty years of the post-Soviet Europe” project. Balint Magyar is a senior core fellow at Central European University, an author of the prominent book “Post-Communist Mafia State: The Case of Hungary”. He summarized the main problems that scientist face analyzing the post-communist regimes, he presented an interpretative framework of post-communist regimes and existing topology and showed the development trajectories of these states.

Sean Hanley: 1989 is used and misused across the political spectrum

The demonstration against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is the largest protest since the fall of communism in 1989. We found the ideal person to talk about it. Sean Hanley is Senior Lecturer at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London. He is a political scientist specialising in the politics of Central and Eastern Europe, democracy and parties in the Czech Republic, anti-establishment parties and movements. Why is the protest constructed around the symbols of 1989? Why is corruption such a sensitive issue in CEE? How can anti-establishment parties may make democracy role less functional today than it has been in the past?

Klara Geywitz: Is there Still a Wall Between West and East Germany?

Klara Geywitz gave a speech at the conference in Jurmala, which is a part of our “Thirty years of the post-Soviet Europe” project. Klara Geywitz is an MP to the Landtag of Brandenburg and she raised the topic of disparities and inequalities between East and West Germany. How did they run the integration process of East Germany? What the results have been achieved after 30 years? And what do the results of the recent European Parliament elections show us?

Andrew Wilson: how will Zelensky survive in real life after basically a virtual campaign?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Brussels last week. This was the new president's first official visit abroad that demonstrates the priorities of his foreign policy. The political scientist Levko Orshynsky talked to Andrew Wilson, Professor in Ukrainian Studies at SSEES, University College London, to find out what the elections mean for the EU and for EU-Russia relations and what challenges Zelensky might face after a virtual campaign.

Traveler's Notes: In the heart of EU

The winners of the contest of young European-minded experts for the best scientific and analytical article went to Brussels and now share their experience.

Epistolæ Obscurorum Virorum: A New Wave of Attacks on Academic Freedom in Europe

The essay begins with the latest developments related to academic freedom in Europe. First, the article describes the situation of the Central European University and the attempts of the European Parliament to draw attention to the general problem of academic freedom in the European Union and across the world. Then, the authors analyze the main world trends, after which they focus on the European context. Further, the essay draws attention to methodological problems in dealing with the measurement of academic freedom and formulates two main theoretical approaches. At the end, there are several recommendations about crucial points, which should be taken into account when addressing academic freedom

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