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About Iryna Solonenko

Iryna Solonenko is a DAAD/Open Society Foundations Scholar at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder. She also writes for the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s SGI News and BTI Blog. Between 2004 and 2012, she was the director of the European Programme of the International Renaissance Foundation (Open Society Foundations), Kyiv, Ukraine.

Articles by Iryna Solonenko

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Conditional solidarity for Ukraine

Can co-operation between civil society and the donor community translate into better governance in Ukraine? на русском языке


Neighbourhood watch

In 2009 six post-Soviet nations signed up to the EU Eastern Partnership, aimed at deepening political cooperation and economic integration. Progress has been uneven because old habits die hard and closer integration with the EU has many opponents. Viorel Ursu and Iryna Solonenko consider the varying levels of success

Beyond sticks and carrots: Western policy towards Ukraine

Ukraine’s intellectuals are locked in binary discussion about how to deal with the country’s anti-democratic leadership: sanctions for reform, or more integration to keep the politicians away from Russia. Given that the politicians are unlikely to listen anyway, might it not be more productive to encourage reform from within society, contend Iryna Solonenko and Peter Rutland?

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