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The Maidan Uprising, Separatism and Foreign Intervention

Ukraine’s complex transition


Klaus Bachmann and Igor Lyubashenko

The current crisis in Ukraine has revealed a striking lack of background knowledge about Ukraine’s history and politics among West European politicians, journalists, intellectuals and even many academics. In this book, experts from Poland, Ukraine, the US, Russia and Western Europe fill the gap between an omnipresent and easily available narrative about Russia and a scarce, scattered knowledge about Ukraine. They show what history and political science can offer for a better understanding of the crisis and provide insights, which are based on reliable Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and Turkish sources and confidential interviews with key actors and advisors. Rather than offering easy answers, the authors present facts and knowledge, which enables the reader to make up his own informed opinion.
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Andrzej Szeptycki, Assistant Professor at the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw, obtained a PhD in Humanities from the University of Warsaw in 2004. From 2005–2009 he was a Research Fellow at the Polish Institute of International Affairs. He is a member of the Council of the Polish-Ukrainian Forum as well as of the Council of the Polish-Ukrainian Partnership Forum. He recently published “Ukraine towards Russia, Study of dependence” (University of Warsaw 2013).

Maciej Wapiński, expert in Energy for Europe Foundation ( Graduated in Eastern European Studies at Warsaw University. He used to work as a journalist for Polish newspapers and internet portals. Since 2012, he works as an advisor on international issues. He is a PhD student at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow, working on an doctoral thesis about economic transformations in Russia.

Igor Lyubashenko, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. He obtained a PhD degree at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin. His thesis focused on the European Neighbourhood Policy towards Eastern European states. He is also a member of the editorial team of the “New Eastern Europe” magazine. Author of a book entitled “European Neighbourhood Policy towards Eastern European States” (in Polish), published in 2012.

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