Revolution or Resolution: Is Ukraine Poised for Change?
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Four years into Victor Yanukovich's presidency, Ukraine finds itself in unchartered, unstable territory. The EuroMaidan protests – triggered by the government's last minute decision not to sign the European Union Association Agreement – have been continuously stoked, most recently by the passage of legislation curtailing rights of civil society and freedoms of assembly and association. Spiraling in recent days from a mostly peaceful movement into violent conflict in many regions, the changing nature and final outcome of this popular resistance is uncertain.
Has the civic protest movement, which at first drew parallels to Ukraine's Orange Revolution, now turned into a national rebellion? What role can the opposition leadership play in this horizontal and increasingly-fragmented movement? Is social media now the primary tool of civic action mobilization and political outreach in Ukraine? What might we expect in the country's next presidential election?
Please watch our panel of experts discuss these issues and more.
Joshua A. Tucker, Professor of Politics and Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University
Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Moderated by IFES Deputy Director for Europe and Asia Gavin Weise.
Learn more about IFES' work in Ukraine.