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The Conversation: Ukraine a pawn in high-stakes global game with no quick win in sight for EU, US or Russia

The Conversation: Ukraine a pawn in high-stakes global game with no quick win in sight for EU, US or Russia
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). It was just last Friday that the Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych and three leaders of the parliamentary opposition – Vitaliy Klichko, Oleh Tyahnibok, and Arsenij Yatseniuk – signed an agreement on how to end the two-month crisis that has engulfed Ukraine. They did so as the protests turned increasingly violent, with up to 100 people killed in the days immediately before the agreement.
Date:
Wednesday 26th February 2014

Joint Birmingham-ULB Seminar on Political Parties in Post-Communist Europe

Joint Birmingham-ULB Seminar on Political Parties in Post-Communist Europe
Description
Two scholars from Birmingham, Dr Tim Haughton and Dr David White, travelled to Brussels to participate in the first seminar of a joint series with Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) on 04 February 2014.
Date:
Friday 21st February 2014

A gay rights mountain to climb?

A gay rights mountain to climb?
Description
On 29 June 2013, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, signed a law banning the 'propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations' among people below the age of consent (18 years). For breaking the law, especially in the mass media or on the internet, individuals can be fined up to 1 million roubles. Foreign citizens can be detained for up to 15 days and deported back to their country, in addition to being fined up to 100,000 roubles.
Date:
Monday 17th February 2014

50 faces of CREES #51 - Liz Wyman (Nee Armitage) 1989-1994

50 faces of CREES #51 - Liz Wyman (Nee Armitage) 1989-1994
Description
I am one of a small group of CREES undergraduates. I studied for a BA in Russian and Russian Studies so my time in CREES was combined with language and literature in the Russian Department. I floated between the Ashley Building and the Muirhead Tower with just a few stop offs in the Mermaid Bar in between.
Date:
Thursday 13th February 2014

CREES Podcast: Bribes that are Gifts? Theorising Informality from the ground up in Russia

CREES Podcast: Bribes that are Gifts? Theorising Informality from the ground up in Russia
Description
Speaker: Jeremy Morris (Centre for Modern Lanuages). Joint seminar by the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) and the Centre for Modern Lanuages.
Date:
Thursday 13th February 2014

CREES Podcast: Red Nations: the Nationalities Experience in and after the USSR

CREES Podcast: Red Nations: the Nationalities Experience in and after the USSR
Description
This event was a book launch of a monograph written by former CREES member of staff Jeremy Smith. His account of the role of nationality policy and nationalities in the USSR and its successor states in his new book discussed by Arfon Rees and Galina Yemelianova.
Date:
Friday 31st January 2014

POLSIS seminar series podcast: In a Cross-Fire of Integration: Russia, Europe and Political Crisis in Ukraine

POLSIS seminar series podcast: In a Cross-Fire of Integration: Russia, Europe and Political Crisis in Ukraine
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speakers: Sarah Whitmore (Oxford Brookes), Rilka Dragneva-Lewers (Birmingham Law School), Kataryna Wolczuk (CREES/POLSIS).
Date:
Thursday 30th January 2014

What you need to know about the causes of the Ukrainian protests

What you need to know about the causes of the Ukrainian protests
Description
Written by Kataryna Wolczuk (University of Birmingham) and Roman Wolczuk (University of Wolverhampton) on The Monkey Cage.
Date:
Wednesday 29th January 2014

What kind of Eurasian Union might Ukraine be joining?

What kind of Eurasian Union might Ukraine be joining?
Description
Written by Rilka Dragneva and Kataryna Wolczuk (Elgar Blog). Ukraine is again at the centre of global attention after its government failed to sign the Association Agreement with the EU. This failure was interpreted as succumbing to Putin's pressure to join the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus instead of re-orienting westward. There is little doubt that Ukraine's full accession to this Union would be a major trophy for Putin, both domestically and internationally.
Date:
Tuesday 28th January 2014

RUSI Analysis 'The Volgograd Bombings: the Latest Chapter in Putin's War in the Caucasus'

RUSI Analysis 'The Volgograd Bombings: the Latest Chapter in Putin's War in the Caucasus'
Description
Written by Dr Cerwyn Moore. The latest bombings in Russia is part of an ongoing war between Putin and Islamist rebels who feed upon a anti-federal, pan-Turkic and pan-Islamist narrative.
Date:
Monday 6th January 2014
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