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Nicolai N. Petro is professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island. He has served as special assistant for policy in the U.S. State Department and as civic affairs advisor to the mayor of the Russian city of Novgorod the Great. His books include: The Rebirth of Russian Democracy (Harvard,1995), Russian Foreign Policy (Longman, 1997), and Crafting Democracy (Cornell, 2004).


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       Thursday, June 26, 2014
Ukraine Update: The Presidential Elections and Beyond Power has to shift away from people who were not elected and not representative, to the institutions of power, the institutions of the state. That, at the moment, is the presidency, and in due course, a new parliament. If Poroshenko is going to be successful, he will have to save the original concept of the Maidan from the Western Ukrainian nationalists and broaden it to make it a truly Ukrainian national idea.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views)
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       Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Other Ukraine What was missing from Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko's inaugural address.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views)

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       Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Ukraine Update: Report from Odessa The West seems to be under the impression that everything that is happening in Ukraine is Russia's fault, and therefore, if Russia would just back away or change its policies, everything would return to normal. This is a misreading of the situation. Most of what is happening in the Eastern Ukraine is the result of unresolved indigenous problems.

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       Saturday, May 10, 2014
Six Mistakes the West Has Made (and Continues to Make) in Ukraine Recognizing the indigenous nature of Ukraine's problems therefore leads directly to a radically different strategy toward Russia--one of cooperation rather than confrontation.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views), Nicolai Petro: Western Perceptions of Russia (9 Articles, 27388 views)

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       Thursday, April 24, 2014
Ukraine: The Crisis Moves East The past three months was an expression of civil society in the western and central regions. Now we are seeing the counter-reaction in the East, the emergence of a civil society there, but around issues of concern to the population there, such as will they be able to retain their cultural identity? Will they be able to preserve their economic ties with Russia?
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views)

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       Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Ukraine Transitional Gov't Moves Militarily To Reclaim Seized Buildings In the Western Ukraine support for the revolution has been high, so they tend to view the developments in the eastern part of Ukraine as a secession, a rebellion against a legitimate government. In the eastern parts of Ukraine most of the population view what happened in Kiev in February as an illegal coup. They see local actions as a challenge to an illegal authority.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views)

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       Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Ukrainian Protesters From the East Demand More Autonomy Tension is rising between the U.S. and Russia after pro-Russian protesters occupied government buildings throughout several cities in Eastern Ukraine. Protester in Luhansk have called for a referendum vote on whether or not to join Russia. Both Russian and U.S. officials have accused each other of creating the crisis.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views)

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       Monday, April 14, 2014
An Update from Ukraine If there is a broad political agenda that embraces all of these rebel groups, it is a romantic objective, a sort of pan-Slavic federalism. Not really anything that is associated with any particular government or nation-state in existence today.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views)

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       Wednesday, March 26, 2014
About Ukraine -- an interview with the Iranian News Agency "Fars" there are many ways to reach a compromise and avoid further antagonism. It is not yet clear, however, if the parties actually want to reach a compromise, or, in fact, prefer confrontation.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views)

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       Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Crisis in Ukraine: Ukraine and Russia Beyond Crimean Secession Professor Nicolai Petro, currently in Odessa, Ukraine, discusses recent developments, including the secessionist vote in the Crimean peninsula and the subsequent annexation by Russia, outcomes for the rest of Ukraine, and two major speeches by President Putin on the situation and the impact on relations between Russia and the West.
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       Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Save Ukraine! The main obstacle to partnership with Russia seems to be the view of Ukraine as, first and foremost, a geostrategic asset in an ongoing Western struggle against Russian imperialism. The truth is that Russia and the West share a common interest in a strong, prosperous, and united Ukraine, albeit for different reasons. The West wants an ally that can exert pressure on Russia; Russia does not want a failed state on its doorstep.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views)

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       Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Endgame in Crimea Can the referendum results be interpreted in a way that allows politicians in both Kiev and Crimea to save face?
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views)

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       Thursday, March 13, 2014
Threat of Military Confrontation Grows in Ukraine There is now a real and growing danger of military confrontation or war in Ukraine. Unless the country embraces the ideal of cultural pluralism within one nation, crises like this one will continue to erupt.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views)

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       Thursday, March 13, 2014
Ukrainians Breathe Sigh of Relief as Diplomatic Efforts Continue Between West & Russia What's happening in Crimea, and four steps to resolving the crisis.
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       Thursday, March 13, 2014
West Needs to Decide Which is More Important: Punishing Russia or Preserving the Territorial Integrity of Ukraine Western governments bought the rhetoric about the Maidan being a popular revolution hook, line, and sinker, and expected that once Yanukovych was removed, the situation would calm down. They did not expect that his ouster "by any means necessary" would provoke such outrage in the East, and they clearly did not expect Crimea to reject the new government in Kiev.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views)

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       Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Crisis in Ukraine: Crimean Stand-Off One of the corollary benefits for Russia is the ability to have a government in place in the peninsula that would be friendly and that, if it were granted significant enough autonomy, could actually be the competent authority to extend the lease on the Russian Black Sea Fleet indefinitely.

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       Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Crisis in Ukraine: The View from Beyond Kiev Both sides within this single nation, although they represent different cultural and religious and linguistic backgrounds, consider themselves to be Ukrainian patriots, and they would like to be able to live together, so long as they can resolve these current political conflicts.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views)

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       Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Battle for Kiev All parties involved share responsibility for the failure of negotiations and the escalation of violence in Ukraine.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views)
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       Monday, February 10, 2014
Ukraine: Why Culture Matters At its heart, Ukraine’s current crisis is neither political nor institutional, it is cultural. It is merely the latest manifestation of the failure to resolve conflicting visions of Ukrainian identity. The long-term solution must also be cultural--accepting that there can be many cultural identities within one national identity.
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       Thursday, January 23, 2014
Will Kyiv be the Next Beirut? The most recent violence in Kyiv is an integral part of the strategy of extremist nationalist groups in Ukraine, which receive both moral and intellectual support from the parliamentary opposition. The danger facing Ukraine is not so much government authoritarianism as it is the spectre of fascism, lurking behind the government's inability to restore order.
Series: Nicolai Petro: Ukraine (22 Articles, 82605 views)

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