"Why Isn't Ukraine Authoritarian?" Asks Nataliya Kibita
Why are Ukrainians prone to revolt? Why, unlike Russia and other post-Soviet states, has Ukraine been able to avoid authoritarianism?
These are the questions at the root of Nataliya Kibita’s current research. A HURI Research Fellow in Ukrainian Studies during the Spring 2019 term, Kibita studies institutional change and continuity. More specifically, her project analyses the origins of regionalism, weak presidential power, and consensus-seeking politics in Ukraine. Her hypothesis is that these political tendencies in post-Soviet Ukraine are a legacy of the Soviet political system.
Here, she answers a few questions to explain how the power dynamics within the Soviet Union had a lasting impact on Ukraine's political climate.
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HURI Fellow Talia Zajac Wins Prize for Kyivan Rus’ Article
Congratulations to Dr. Talia Zajac, one of our Shklar Fellows during 2018 spring semester, for winning the Canadian Association for Ukrainian Studies Article Prize for 2017-2018.
Her article, “The Social-Political Roles of the Princesses in Kyivan Rus,’ ca. 945-1240” is published in A Companion to Global Queenship (ed. Elena Woodacre, Arc Humanities Press, 2018).
The publishers kindly granted us permission to post Zajac’s article to share with our community. Zajac also answered a few of our questions about the book and her time here at HURI as a Shklar Fellow.
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