What does Ukraine think?

“Beyond Pro and Anti: Monochrome Prefixes and Their Discontents” — my thoughts on the spiral of silence, the inverse echo chamber, and wartime’s semantic chameleons, in What does Ukraine think? collection from the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Editor Andrew Wilson describes this volume as follows:

Ukrainian writers, thinkers and politicians discuss the challenges of the war with Russia and of attempting simultaneously to rescue and reform a moribund economy. Many take heart from the claim that the new Ukraine is paradoxically consolidating under so much Russian pressure. Without, for the time being at least, Crimea and half of the Donbas region, the other eastern and southern regions of Ukraine are supposedly uniting behind Kyiv — making Putin a paradoxical Ukrainian nation-builder. The authors discuss the nature of the Russian challenge and the Western response, and report from key Ukrainian regions like Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk to test just how united the new Ukraine really is.

This essay collection includes texts from some very bright colleagues. It has four parts:

  • on Ukraine in a time of war and revolution;
  • on the political situation and the war in the east;
  • on Ukraine’s changing national identity and regional dynamics;
  • and on the difficulties of implementing reforms under conditions of war.

Available as a PDF, for Kindle, and on Scribd (all free of charge), as well as in hard copy.


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