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Mykola Riabchuk on East European Revolutions from Warsaw and Prague to Kyiv and Minsk
Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for a presentation by Mykola Riabchuk (Institute of Political and Nationalities’ Studies, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) entitled "What Does Belarus Teach Us? East European Revolutions from Warsaw and Prague to Kyiv and Minsk." Moderated by Mark Andryczyk, Associate Research Scholar, Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute.

This event will also be streamed on YouTube Live: https://youtu.be/BFMusNsIjoE

The ongoing political protests in Belarus not only question the popular view of the country as allegedly bereft of a strong national identity and civil society, but also challenge the institutionalized divide of postcommunist Eastern Europe into a ‘good’, non-Soviet part eligible for gradual integration into the EU and NATO, and a ‘bad’ post-Soviet part removed from Europe, shifted into the obscure ‘Eurasia’, and tacitly left in the Russian ‘sphere of influence’. A series of revolutionary upheavals in post-Soviet states in the past two decades demonstrates a profound disagreement of those nations with the subaltern, quasi-sovereign role assigned to them by both Brussels and Moscow, and implies that the notorious ‘Berlin Wall’ should be ultimately dismantled rather than merely shifted to the eastern borders of the EU. Revolutions in Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia and elsewhere in post-Soviet states have the same causes, agendas and driving forces as revolutions in Poland, Czechoslovakia and further west; all of them are attempts to complete the unfinished business of 1989-1991, overcome post-Soviet authoritarianism, and put the nations on the road of catch-up modernization.

Questions for the speaker(s) can be submitted during the event using the Q&A tab on Zoom or the live chat feature on YouTube. Questions about connecting to the event can be submitted to Carly Jackson at crj2116@columbia.edu

Sep 17, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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