Author Archives: Klaus Nellen

Kharkiv Talks in a Viennese Kitchen – On Revolution, War and Literature in Ukraine


The Ukrainian Revolution and the war in the east seen through the eyes of a Kharkiv intellectual.
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Erfahrungswandel ohne Methodenwechsel? Zum „Methodennationalismus” der deutschen Rezeption von Timothy Snyders „Bloodlands”


Timothy Snyders international hoch gelobte Arbeit „Bloodlands“ schraffierte den gemeinsamen räumlichen Einzugsbereich der nationalsozialistischen und der stalinistischen Massenmorde. Von einer prominenten Reihe deutscher Historikerinnen und Historiker ist sie dafür heftig kritisiert worden. In seinem Beitrag hinterfragt Sebastian Huhnholz diese Kritik aus politikwissenschaftlicher Perspektive.
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In Ukraine, the Future of the Russian Orthodox Church is at Stake

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It is hard to judge, from today’s perspective, what strategy the Patriarch of Moscow will pursue with regard to Putin’s politics towards Ukraine. But what can be said for sure is that in Ukraine, the Russian Orthodox Church’s approach to pluralism is at stake.
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Ukraine: The Edge of Democracy

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This Sunday, millions of men and women will go to the urns in Ukraine to exercise their civil right to vote for a new president. Opinion polls show that the vast majority of Ukrainians throughout the country wish to remain in Ukraine and want to take part in the election.
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How Putin Is Reinventing Warfare

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Though some deride Russia for backward thinking, Putin’s strategy in Ukraine betrays a nuanced understanding of 21st century geopolitics.
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“Ukraine: Thinking Together” – an international conference in Kyiv

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At an international conference in Kyiv, taking place between 15 and 19 May, European, American and Russian intellectuals will meet their Ukrainian counterparts to discuss the meaning of Ukrainian pluralism for the future of Europe, Russia and the world.
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Europa und die Ukraine: Vergangenheit und Zukunft


Die Ukraine hat keine Zukunft ohne Europa. Aber Europa hat auch keine Zukunft ohne die Ukraine.
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Putin’s World


The West is now living in Putin’s world. It is there not because Putin is right, or even because he is stronger, but because he is taking the initiative. Putin is “wild” while the West is “wary.” While European and American leaders recognize that the world order is undergoing a dramatic change, they cannot quite grasp it. They remain overwhelmed by Putin’s transformation from CEO of Russia, Inc., into an ideology-fueled national leader who will stop at nothing to restore his country’s influence.
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Ukraine: Russian Propaganda and Three Disaster Scenarios


As the Ukrainian presidential election scheduled on May 25 gets closer, Kremlin’s window of opportunity for invading the country and derailing its European course is gradually narrowing. The rhetoric of Russian President Vladimir Putin justifying the Anschluss of Crimea and unscrupulous meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs has been based on the premises that there is no legitimate government in Kiev, that it is being run by a gang of Nazis and anti-Semites who took power by coup d’etat and terrorised Russians and Russophones all over the country.
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The Age-Old Connection Between Russia and Ukraine Is Over

In the cafés, in the shops, on the streets of Kiev everyone is asking the one question that matters in one particular way: Will there be war? No one can quite finish the question: Will there be war with Russia? That such a thing could even be: a war between Ukraine and Russia.
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