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HURI Symposium: Twenty Years After Ukraine’s Nuclear Disarmament

The Budapest Memorandum of 1994 was breached when Russia annexed Crimea and started a covert invasion of eastern Ukraine in the spring of 2014. The Memorandum signatories failed to deter Russia aggression and to uphold Ukraine’s security and territorial integrity, as had been promised in return for the country’s surrender of its nuclear weapons after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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How Putin Turned Ukraine to the West

By Oxana Shevel, HURI Associate

The 2014 snap elections to the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) that took place on Oct. 26, 2014 will likely go down in history as a watershed election in Ukraine’s post-Soviet history. For the first time, instead of a closely divided legislature with pro-Russian and pro-European parties nearly equally matched, the October 2014 election produced a parliament where pro-European parties will hold a dominant majority. With 97.83 percent of the votes counted, six parties cleared the 5 percent threshold: People’s Front (22.17 percent), Petro Poroshenko’s Block (21.82 percent), Samopomich (11.01 percent), Opposition Block (9.35 percent), Radical Party of Oleh Liashko (7.44 percent), and Batkivshchyna (5.68 percent). Of the six, only the Opposition Block, composed primarily of member of the rump Party of Regions of the former president Victor Yanukovych, can be termed as pro-Russian.

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Problems Facing Ukrainian Scholarship Today: An Interview with Orest Zayats, 2014 Shklar Fellow

HURI's Fellowship programs in Ukrainian studies continue to attract international scholars conducting world-class research. These programs are made possible by the generous donations from the Eugene and Daymel Shklar Foundation, the Petro Jacyk Endowed Fund in Ukrainian Bibliography, the Dr. Jaroslaw and Nadia Mihaychuk Fellowship Fund, and the Ukrainian Studies Fund, Inc. Fellowships recipients for the academic year 2014–15 are: Yuliya Ilchuk, Natalia Laas, Nadiya Kravets, Oksana Mikheieva, Roksolana Mykhaylyk, Oksana Mykhed, Viktoriya Sereda, Oxana Shevel, Volodymyr Sklokin, Andriy Zayarnyuk, Orest Zayats and Giorgio Ziffer.

One of them, Orest Zayats, a young historian who is Senior Researcher at the Hrushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archeography and Source Studies of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, agreed to share some of his thoughts with us on a number of issues pertaining to doing scholarship in Ukraine today.

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Summer Research Travel Grant Program


Both undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at Harvard are invited to apply to the HURI Summer Research Travel Grant Program for support to conduct projects in Ukraine during the summer of 2015. Grants of up to $2,000 for graduate students and $1,500 for undergraduates will be available for travel and research expenses. Students wishing to apply for the HURI summer research travel grant must prepare an application using Harvard's Common Application for Research and Travel (CARAT). Completed CARAT forms and additional required material are to be submitted to the Ukrainian Research Institute by Friday, February 20, 2015, 4:00 PM.

Application proposals will be reviewed by HURI’s selection committee and decisions will be announced early April.

Questions regarding HURI’s summer travel research grants should be addressed to Tymish J. Holowinsky, Executive Director, tel. 617-495-4081 or to Tamara Nary, Programs Administrator, 617-495-3549.

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Monday, March 2, 2015 4:15pm - 6:00pm

Ukrainian Integral Nationalism and the Greek-Catholic Church in the 1920s–1930s
Oleksandr Zaytsev, Professor, Department of Modern History of Ukraine, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv; Fulbright Scholar, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington
Room S-050, CGIS South, Harvard University


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Oxana Shevel, HURI Associate
Roman Szporluk, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History, Emeritus, Harvard University
Marta Dyczok, Shklar Fellow 2010
Anne Applebaum, HURI Affiliate
Yuri Shevchuk, HURI Affiliate
Lubomyr Hajda, HURI Associate Director
Askold Melnyczuk, HURI Affiliate
Serhii Plokhii, HURI Director
Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor at Slavic Department, Editor at HURI
Patricia Herlihy, HURI Associate
Nadiya Kravets, HURI Research Fellow
Michael S. Flier, Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Harvard University
Michelle Viise, HURI Monographs Editor
Olga Onuch, HURI Research Fellow
Amelia Glaser, Former HURI Fellow
“Why Is Kyiv Burning?" Article in the Harvard Crimson
Gennadi Poberezny, HURI Associate
George G. Grabowicz, Čyževs’kyi Professor of Ukrainian Literature, Harvard University
Oleh Kostyuba, Editor of Krytyka and Harvard PhD Candidate in Ukrainian Literature
GSAS Harvard Ukrainian Student Society


Volodymyr Sklokin, Shklar Fellow 2014-15
Serhii Plokhii, HURI Director
HURI Awardees of the National Science Foundation Grant

May 24, 2014. Prof. Henry Hale (Principle Investigator, George Washington University), Prof. Timothy Colton (Co-Investigator, Harvard University), Dr. Nadiya Kravets (Co-Investigator, HURI, Harvard University) and Dr. Olga Onuch (Co-Investigator, HURI, Harvard University and University of Oxford), have formed a research team studying the politics of the Ukrainian crisis, and have been awarded a large National Science Foundation Grant to conduct a Multi-wave Electoral Panel Survey in Ukraine. Funding for the project has also been provided by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and the Ukrainian Studies Fund. 

Olga Onuch, HURI Research Fellow
Nadiya Kravets, HURI Research Fellow
Gennadi Poberezny, HURI Associate
MAPA Project