Ukraine’s Winter of Discontent: Will the Rise of People Power End Authoritarian Backsliding?
Fri, January 31, 2014 • 12:00 PM • BAT 5.108
Anti-government demonstrations in Ukraine, which erupted in November 2013, have turned into continuous protest action in the central square of the country’s capital Kyiv. The authorities’ attempts to disperse demonstrators by force only reinvigorated the protest movement. Still, the opposition parties have so far proved unable to push the government for any policy concessions, the attitudes of the Ukrainian society remain divided and the protests’ endgame appears unclear. This talk will discuss the causes and dynamics of another protest wave in Ukraine and its possible implications for democratic development of the country and the region.
Sergiy Kudelia is an assistant professor of political science at Baylor University. Earlier he held teaching and research positions at the University of Toronto, George Washington University and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine). His articles appeared in Problems of Post-Communism, East European Politics and Societies, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Demokratizatsiya and in an edited volume Orange Revolution and Aftermath: Mobilization, Apathy and the State in Ukraine (2010). He also co-authored a book The Strategy of Campaigning: Lessons from Ronal Reagan and Boris Yeltsin (2008). Dr. Kudelia received his PhD in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University and MA in Political Science from Stanford University.