Ukraine in Focus

In solidarity with Ukraine as the country seeks to defend itself against Russian aggression, and in recognition of the need to amplify the voices of intellectuals from Ukraine and abroad who have engaged deeply with the most pressing issues facing the country, the IWM is launching Ukraine in Focus, a selection of materials from members of the IWM community that will be updated each week, curated by Katherine Younger, Research Director of our Ukraine in European Dialogue Program.

Ukraine in Focus is an initiative of the IWM’s program Ukraine in European Dialogue. Since its creation in 2015, UiED has sought to foster intellectual and cultural exchange between Ukrainians and their counterparts across Europe and North America, through fellowships, events, and publications. 

The program is premised on the conviction that Ukrainians have much to contribute to broader intellectual discussion and that understanding the Ukrainian experience, both historically and in the present moment, sheds light on some of the key issues facing the world today.  

UiED continues the IWM’s longstanding tradition of solidarity with societies in transition, as well as its long-running engagement with the Ukrainian intellectual sphere. The “Ukraine in Focus” series revives an initiative started in 2014 that was curated by inaugural UiED Research Director Tatiana Zhurzhenko and formed part of Tr@nsit Online, IWM’s former online magazine. 

The emphasis here is on newly-published and still-relevant older materials that offer a rich, multifaceted picture of the current situation and of Ukrainian society, rather than coverage of rapidly-developing events. Reliable Ukrainian-run, English-language news sources include the Kyiv Independent, New Voice of Ukraine, and Ukraine World.

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