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1411Disc.: Ukraine/Crimea: Europ. Crisis or New Cold War? IFSH Hamburg, 23.4.14

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  • Andreas Umland
    Apr 9, 2014
      The Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH)
      Hamburg, Germany http://ifsh.de/
      23 April 2014, 18:30 Uhr

      Podium discussion
      "Ukraine/Crimea: Just Another European Crisis or the Start of a New Cold War?"
      (in English)


      Anna Dyner
      (analyst, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) (t.b.c.)

      Dr. Tatyana Parkhalina
      (Deputy Director, Institute of Scientific Information for Social
      Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences (INION RAN)

      Iryna Solonenko
      (DAAD/Open Society Foundations Scholar, European University Viadrina,

      Dr. Andreas Umland
      (DAAD Associate Professor of European Studies Department of Political
      Science, National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy")

      Dr. Detlev Wolter
      (German Consul General, Donetsk)

      Dr. Elena Kropatcheva

      When and where:

      On Wednesday 23 April 2014, from 18:30 to 20:00, at the IFSH, Beim
      Schlump 83/Ecke Monetastraße, 2nd floor, Room 2_023 Drinks will be
      served following the discussion Register by 22nd April 2014 by
      emailing: bund@...


      The protests that started in Ukraine in November 2013 against the
      decision of then President Victor Yanukovych not to sign the
      Association Agreement with the EU have led not only to the deepest
      internal crisis in Ukraine since the 1990s, but also to the
      annexation of the Crimea by Russia. No one expected that Ukraine´s
      domestic political crisis would unravel with such speed and
      intensity. No one expected that Russia would bring additional
      military forces into the Crimea and would move quickly to annex it on
      the basis of a rapidly held and illegitimate referendum.

      This seems to be the most dramatic crisis in Europe for many years,
      but is it just another crisis in Russian-Western relations or are we
      facing the start of a new Cold War in Europe? There are many
      questions about why Putin has acted this way: Was it a risky,
      irrational and emotional move, or a well-calculated strategy with
      minimal risk? The domestic situation in Ukraine remains very
      uncertain: Is stability even possible in this highly polarized
      country, which is facing serious economic crisis? What role do
      radical groups play in Ukrainian politics? Even though Russia´s
      arguments about anti-Russian nationalists overtaking the country are
      overblown, it is necessary to engage with them and to ask whether the
      new Ukrainian government represents the whole of Ukraine.

      The crisis in and around Ukraine gives much food for thought. This is
      why we have invited experts from Germany, Poland, Russia and Ukraine
      - the countries most affected by the crisis - to provide an overview
      of the situation and to discuss the many uncertainties and
      implications the crisis throws up.

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