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How International Accords Involving Russia Undermine Political Stability in Ukraine

Professor Mikhail Alexseev

By continuing to fuel war in Eastern Ukraine (with a death toll of 10,000 since mid-2014) and institutionalizing its client regimes in Donetsk and Luhansk as de facto independent states, Russia not only makes nonsense of the key provisions of the Minsk ceasefire accords but also destabilizes the post-Maidan government in Kiev by granting special status to entities that exhibit no inclination to be part of Ukraine. Moreover, as extensive polling data from Ukraine (2013-2017) shows, these policies contribute to gradual erosion of the post-Maidan consensus on national identity and European orientation and reignite fissures along regional and ethnic lines in Ukraine. This casts doubt on the effectiveness of the Minsk ceasefire accords and indicates that Russia has not fundamentally changed its aggressive behavior toward Ukraine despite international sanctions.

Instructor: Ukraine native Mikhail Alexseev is Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University. He is currently collaborating with the Institute of Sociology of Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences on opinion survey research into the effects of war on sociopolitical identities and geopolitical orientations of Ukraine's public. He received his PhD from the University of Washington.

Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70049   Credit: 0 units

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