Author profile: Taras Kuzio

Taras Kuzio is a Research Associate at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, and a non-resident Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), John Hopkins University. Previously, he was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan, and the School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University; a Visiting Professor at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has been a long-term consultant to governments, political, legal, and business clients. He is currently writing a book on the Donbas and Separatism and is the author and editor of fourteen books, including Open Ukraine. Changing Course towards a European Future (2011), Democratic Revolution in Ukraine (2011), From Kuchmagate to Orange Revolution (2009), Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives on Nationalism (2007), and Ukraine-Crimea-Russia: Triangle of Conflict (2007). He has guest-edited special issues of Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, East European Politics and Society, Nationalities Papers, and Journal of Ukrainian Studies. He has authored over 100 think tank monographs, book chapters, and scholarly articles on post-communist and Ukrainian politics, nationalism, and European security. He has appeared on television and radio and extensively written on post-communist and Ukrainian politics for media and specialist publications Eurasia Daily Monitor, RFERL, Financial Times, and elsewhere. He received a PhD from the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, UK, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University.

The Origins of Peace, Non-Violence, and Conflict in Ukraine

The Origins of Peace, Non-Violence, and Conflict in Ukraine

The rise of authoritarianism, West-supported popular protests, NATO/EU enlargement, and Russia’s foreign policy are the main causes of the Ukraine crisis.

Ukraine’s Orange Revolution Five Years On

Ukraine’s Orange Revolution Five Years On

The story of how Yushchenko came to power with high domestic and international expectations that he largely failed to fulfill will be a fascinating area for future research by historians, political scientists and sociologists. This article provides an initial overview of the Yushchenko presidency; first considering whether it was part of a ‘second wave’ of democratic breakthroughs from 1996-2004 (the ‘first wave’ being in 1989-1991) and then analyzing three factors that facilitated the Orange Revolution.

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