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Stories written by Andreas Umland
Andreas Umland, Dr. phil., Ph. D., is DAAD Associate Professor of Political Science at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, editor of the ibidem Press book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society,” as well as member of the Valdai International Discussion Club, German-Ukrainian Forum, Kyiv Dialogue and Experts Council of the Ukrainian Parliament’s Committee on European Integration. His comments have appeared in, among other outlets, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Harvard International Review, World Affairs Journal, National Interest, Moscow Times, Kyiv Post, Le Monde diplomatique, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and Die Welt.

Misunderstanding Ukraine, Misreading Russia

Unless Brussels takes its partnership with Kyiv and the Ukrainian-Russian conflict seriously, the Association Agreement with Ukraine will not be signed.…

Is Tiahnybok a Patriot? How the Spread of Banderite Slogans and Symbols Undermines Ukrainian Nation-Building

Writing about the various implications of Ukraine’s divided historical memory for the conduct of her post-Soviet politics is a thankless task. Ukraine’s nationalist intelligentsia’s response to voicing the most elementary…

Abolishing the Office of the President of Ukraine

Abolishing the Office of the President of Ukraine

One way to lower the current tensions in Ukraine is to finally accomplish an already long-ago recommended major constitutional amendment – the switch from a semi-presidential to a purely parliamentary…

The West and the Evolving Russian-Ukrainian Trade War

The West should as soon and as directly as possible make clear to Russian leaders the entire array of economic, financial, political, and diplomatic repercussions that a Russian strangulation of…

After the Russian March: Reflections on Nationalism in Russia

Andreas Umland, renowned political scientist and Valdai club expert, shares his views about the place of the Russian March on the socio-political stage and the specific features of nationalism in…

Raising the Stakes of a Russian Strangulation of Ukraine’s Economy

A number of recent comments, by more or less high-ranking Russian officials, on Ukraine’s immanent inclusion into the European unification process has led to a Russian-Ukrainian war of words, with…

German-Russian Business Cooperation: What Consequences for Eastern Europe?

Germany's trade, financial, and investment policies towards Russia, notably on the issue of natural gas, have contributed to re-shaping the post-Soviet Eastern European geo-economic landscape.…

The Meaning of Tymoshenko’s Case for the EU

Will Brussels Sign an Association Agreement with Ukraine?…

Will Brussels Miss a Historic Moment in Europe’s Integration?

During the Upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit at Vilnius, the EU Should Provide Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine with an Official Membership Perspective…

Ukraine’s Historic Moment – and How It May Be Lost

Ukraine’s Historic Moment – and How It May Be Lost

Will sophisticated diplomacy and shrewd lobbying make the EU sign an Association Agreement, with Kyiv?…

Is Berlin Prepared to Support a New Democratization in Ukraine?

Is Berlin Prepared to Support a New Democratization in Ukraine?

Germany’s Eastern policies have to adapt to the novel political challenges in the post-Soviet space…

EU-Ukraine Relations after the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections

After the manipulated elections to Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada in October 2012, Brussels’ relations with Kyiv are in deadlock. Ukraine is not fulfilling the conditions for signing the already initialed Association…

Do Russians Love Their Children Too?

A homophobia campaign linking gays to child molesters as well as a series of “paedophilia” defamations relativize the abuse of minors in Russia …

The Pseudo-Politics of Russia’s Liberals

How many more years will post-Soviet politics be haunted by the Yavlinsky Syndrome?…

Russia’s Spreading Nationalist Infection

Russian officials have been using more ardently than hitherto anti-Western ideas, and some high posts are now occupied by outspoken propagandists of an alleged US-inspired conspiracy against Russia.…

The Ultra-Nationalist Virus in Russia’s White Revolution

Right-wing extremists could undermine the current democratization drive in Moscow…

How to Make Russia Democratic?

How to Make Russia Democratic?

Without a broad coalition, effective pragmatism and collaboration with liberals in the ancien regime, the "White Revolution" will end as miserably as earlier Russian democratization attempts…

The Sources and Risks of Russia’s White Revolution

The Sources and Risks of Russia’s White Revolution

Russian imperial nationalism and anti-Westernism has been a distraction for Putin & Co who missed the emergence of a domestic challenge, and did not see the crisis of their regime…

The Stillborn Project of a Eurasian Union

At first glance, the idea of a re-integration of the post-Soviet republics may seem sensible. The economies, societies, and populations of the successor republics of the USSR are linked to…

EU-Ukraine relations today: Between high hopes and rising worries

The year 2011 is crucial for the relationship between Ukraine and the European Union: Kyiv and Brussels are negotiating an Association treaty that will include an unprecedented Deep and Comprehensive…

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