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Constructing a
Political Nation

Changes in the Attitudes of Ukrainians

during the War in the Donbas (Stylos, 2017)

ARCHIVES  Danyliw Seminar 2018

Oleksiy Haran

U Kyiv Mohyla Academy (Ukraine)

Dr. Olexiy Haran is Professor of Comparative Politics at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Founding Director of the UKMA School for Policy Analysis, and Research Director at the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, a leading Ukrainian think tank. Dr. Haran is also a member of the Council on National Unity under the President of Ukraine. He has edited multiple books on Ukrainian politics and his commentaries have appeared in numerous Ukrainian and international news publications. In winter 2013-2014, he was a member of the Council of Maidan movement. Since summer 2014, he has visited the war zone several times as a political scientist.


What impact did Russia’s attack in the Donbas have on Ukrainian public opinion, politics, and identity? This question is at the core of Constructing a Political Nation: Changes in the Attitudes of Ukrainians during the War in the Donbas, a new edited volume prepared by the School for Policy Analysis at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation. The book shows that Russian aggression in the Donbas has, in fact, served to strengthen the Ukrainian political nation—contrary to the Kremlin’s expectations. The work’s contributors explore multiple areas of Ukrainian society, across national and regional dimensions, including identity issues, political party preferences, changes in foreign policy attitudes, and economic trends. The book concludes by looking toward potential scenarios for future Ukrainian policy regarding the occupied territories.

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