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The impacts of Ukraines political crisis are felt in east-central Europe, Russia, the European Union, and the United States. openDemocracy writers assess its significance.
The changing fortunes of the two allies of the "orange revolution" of 2004 are a key to understanding Ukraine's political dynamics, says Taras Kuzio.
(This article was first published on 17 July 2008)
The massive popular protest against Ukraine’s fraudulent election is a pivotal moment in the country’s – and Europe’s – history, says Alexander Motyl.
(This article was first published on 25 November 2004)
The post-Soviet states still practice forms of political manipulation that are more radical, more pervasive and more corrosive of real democracy than anything attempted by spin-doctors or K-Street consultants in the West, says Andrew Wilson.
A fresh compromise may salve the major political faultlines in the troubled Ukrainian polity. But the depth of the countrys institutional, regional, and personal divisions make repair far harder, says Andrew Wilson.
The romance of revolution is long gone as Ukrainians learn to cope with democracy's disillusions, says Alexander J Motyl.
Ukraine is in post-orange political meltdown while Russia is reinventing itself as a successful energy superpower. Right? Wrong, says Alexander J Motyl, who looks beneath the surface of a changing relationship.
The sheer normality of Ukraines election indicates how profound its post-orange political transition has been, finds Patrice de Beer.
An "orange coalition" is still the most likely outcome of a Ukrainian election won by the revolutions opponent, says Taras Kuzio.
After fifteen turbulent months of a hard-won democracy, Ukraine's people are again calling their leaders to account. Askold Krushelnycky talks to Toby Saul about how far the orange revolution's ideals have survived.
On 26 March 2006, Ukrainians vote in parliamentary elections which may see Viktor Yanukovych regain a significant share of the vote for his Party of Regions after being swept out of power in the orange revolution of November 2004-January 2005.
Whatever the result of the 26 March parliamentary elections, Ukraine after the orange revolution is moving towards normal democratic politics not back to authoritarianism, says Alexander J Motyl.
The bitter gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine reveals the stark difference in the character of the two states. The European Union should take note, says Alexander Motyl.
Ukraine's orange revolution was Russia's 9/11, and its result is to convince Moscow that the European Union is its major strategic rival, argues Ivan Krastev.
Kyivs governmental crisis will not derail Ukraines democratic development, says Alexander Motyl.
The orange revolution in Ukraine is not the last of Europes post-1989 velvet revolutions but the first of the European Union-inspired revolutions of the 21st century, says Ivan Krastev.
Both the European Union and Russia need to learn an important lesson from the Ukraine crisis: how to reconcile strategic interests and political values in order to help Ukraines people realise their own aspirations.
The Ukrainian revolution has catapulted Poland into the leadership of the European Union and released a new political dynamic across the region, says Marek Matraszek.
Has America forgotten Russian national interests in pursuit of its own? In the sixteenth of our Letters to Americans series, Sergei Markov, director of the Institute for Political Studies in Moscow, writes to Robert V Daniels, professor at the University of Vermont and author of Russias Transformation.
Poland is the largest of the ten states joining the European Union on 1 May 2004. But economic pressures, political strains and global fears make this a moment of worry rather than celebration for its 40 million citizens, reports Krzysztof Bobinski from Warsaw.