Conference “Quo Vadis Ukraine?” at Uppsala

On 18-19 May 2017, the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies (UCRS) is holding a conference

“QUO VADIS UKRAINE? Taking Stock of a Quarter Century of Disappointment”

The purpose of the conference is to provide a multi-disciplinary outlook of Ukraine’s socio-economic and political development over its quarter-century independence history. Leading political scientists, historians, economists and sociologists from around the globe will draw on state-of-the-art research to explain driving forces, obstacles, and prospects of Ukraine’s state-building, democratic consolidation and economic restructuring.

Extremely rich endowments of natural and human resources, geographic location at a hub of East European exchanges, well-developed infrastructure and other valuable assets gave reasons to expect that an independent Ukraine would be well equipped for attaining post-Soviet prosperity. In reality, however, oligarchic capture, corruption and weak institutions, compounded by Russia’s recent hostile acts, severely obstructed Ukraine’s progress towards a viable market democracy. Several windows of opportunities, opened by achieving independence in 1991 and by the two Maidan Revolutions, in 2004 and 2014, have failed yet to produce functional economic and political institutions necessary for sustainable development.

The conference will explore the interplay of history, institutions, and society as factors shaping Ukraine’s past and present, and will build on such analysis to develop an informed and evidence-based outlook of the country’s future, reflecting successes and failures of the Ukrainian reforms up to date.

The conference will be a unique opportunity to learn from distinguished social scientists and who’s who in Ukrainian studies about a country in the heart of Europe with a 45 million population, which has become critically important for stability, security and democratic development in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond.

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For more information contact conference organizers Stefan Hedlund, Leonid Polishchuk or Igor Torgakov

Admission is free of charge and open to the public.