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About Andreas Umland

Dr. Andreas Umland is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv, and editor of the book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” published by ibidem Press at Stuttgart and distributed by Columbia University Press at New York.

Articles by Andreas Umland

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Preparing for and working towards a democratic Russia

How the west should prepare and promote a different future for Russia.

Kyiv’s leadership is on its way to reinvent Ukraine’s patronalistic regime

Ukraine’s clan networks are re-asserting their power again. Western partners need to think carefully about whom to support and how. 

What is the nature of the “Ukraine crisis”?

New evidence throws light on the origins of the Russian-Ukrainian war. 

Dutch popular rejection of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: a self-inflicted wound

For everybody who knows a bit about the EU, the nationwide, expensive and low-turnout Dutch plebiscite on this EU-Ukraine contract looks in itself rather odd.

Securing peace instead of rewarding expansion

An appeal, by over 100 German-speaking experts on Eastern Europe, for a reality-based and not illusions-guided Russia policy.

German-Russian business cooperation: what consequences for eastern Europe?

Germany's trade policies towards Russia, notably on the issue of natural gas, have contributed to re-shaping the eastern European geo-economic landscape. Could Ukraine become a hostage of Berlin's recent Ostpolitik should tensions between Moscow and Kiev rise further?

Russia’s ‘White Revolution’: why Putin failed and the Russian democrats may follow

By electing to follow an aggressive policy of imperial nationalism, Putin and his inner circle missed the emergence of a serious domestic crisis that threatens the very existence of their regime. These same factors may also, however, subvert the country’s growing pro-democratic protest movement, says Andreas Umland.

Russia’s anti-fascist movement loses a champion

Independently-minded specialists carrying out research into the seamier side of Russian right-wing nationalist extremism are few and far between. The death of Galina Kozhevnikova at a young age is thus a veritable tragedy, laments Andreas Umland.

Ukraine right-wing politics: is the genie out of the bottle?

Ukrainian politics has until recently been divided between two camps: the pro-Western democrats (recently represented by the "Orange" parties) and the pro-Russian anti-liberals (recently dominated by the Party of Regions). Now radical nationalists are gaining political strength. Will they manage to get their so-called Freedom party into the national parliament? Andreas Umland charts the rise of the right-wing All-Ukrainian Association "Svoboda".

Lies and Innuendos: What happens when you take on the Russian far right

Researching the Russian nationalistic right is a game of high stakes. Last year, I found out the hard way, writes Andreas Umland.

Ukraine’s constitutional debate: finding the way forward

A vital national debate about constitutional reform is under way in Ukraine. But the debate often takes no account of international political discussions or recent scholarly research. Can the new regime embrace this opportunity to lay down the foundations of a democratic future for Ukraine? Andreas Umland throws down the challenge

Kyiv’s Next Image Problem

The vivid image of democracy - in colour orange - made many Europeans emotionally attached to the idea of Ukrainian EU membership. That is likely to change, writes Andreas Umland. The country is today facing a dangerous anti-democratic challenge — from the new President’s authoritarian turn on the one hand and from a new right-radical movement on the other.

Kyiv's crisis: the EU role

On the eve of Ukraine’s election, Andreas Umland rebukes Europe for its indecisive policy towards Ukraine. By refusing to offer Ukraine a clear prospect of eventual EU membership, the EU has exacerbated the country’s political problems in ways which could prove disastrous.

Russia vs Ukraine: a crisis to be averted

Ukraine is about to go to the polls to elect a new president. Though the election is unlikely to provoke a violent escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, politicians and bureaucrats on both sides should start thinking how to react in case it does happen, warns Andreas Umland

Ukraine: on the bumpy road to democracy

Through the Orange Revolution in 2004 Ukraine turned its back on authoritarian politics and started on the bumpy road towards democracy, says Andreas Umland, reviewing the cream of recent scholarship in this second article marking the fifth anniversary of that event. That was what really riled the Kremlin, and perhaps prompted it to restore an essentially single-party system in Russia, that of ‘sovereign democracy’.

Kremlin spin on the Orange Revolution

On the fifth anniversary of the Orange Revolution, with presidential elections in Ukraine imminent, Andreas Umland looks back on how the Kremlin has spun the events of 2004, and how that version has played back in Ukraine

German boost to Ukraine's EU bid

Ukraine’s hopes of joining the EU some day may have been improved by changes in the German cabinet, observes Andreas Umland.

Europe’s role in Ukraine’s malaise

The EU is wilfully blind to its own role in Ukraine's political destabilisation. The eventual prospect of EU membership is vital for this European country, argues Andreas Umland. It would serve to reconfigure its political discourse and give direction to its people

Russia's creeping fascism

Alexander Dugin's Eurasian movement has moved to centre stage politically, having dropped its tactless fascist rhetoric. Andreas Umland charts its inroads

Will There Be a Second Crimean War?

Escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian quarrel over Crimea could destabilise European security

Ukraine's Window of Opportunity

As president Victor Yushchenko's rating plummets further there Is a chance that Kiev's political elite may agree to form a parliamentary republic

Russia’s Constitutional Ailments

President Medvedev's recent changes to Russia's constitution leave power beyond public scrutiny and suggest uncertainty and struggle among the elites as to where Russia should head now

Who is Alexander Dugin?

The Russian extreme right, including some of its crypto-fascist sections, is becoming an ever more influential part of Moscow mainstream public discourse. Its influence can be felt in Russia's mass media, academia, civil society, arts, and politics.
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