Democracy and Geopolitics in the Conflict Over Ukraine
Paul D'Anieri, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of California, Riverside; Eugene and Daymel Shklar Research Fellow in Ukrainian Studies, Harvard University
The Russia-Ukraine conflict has turned the presumed relationship between democracy and conflict on its head. While many have argued that democracy promotes peace, others have found it irrelevant. But between Russia and Ukraine, democracy became a source of war. Russia increasingly viewed the promotion of democracy as a weapon in a geopolitical conflict. This made the “Euromaidan revolution” an existential threat. The perceived “weaponization” of democracy has spurred a backlash, with implications for democracy and for international security far beyond Russia and Ukraine.
Paul D’Anieri is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside, where he served as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor from 2014 to 2017. D’Anieri’s research focuses on politics and foreign policy in the post-Soviet states with an emphasis on Ukraine. He is currently writing on a book on Ukraine’s relations with Russia, the US, and Europe since 1991, focusing on the underlying causes of the military conflict with Russia. His earlier books include The Contest for Social Mobilization in Ukraine (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), Understanding Ukrainian Politics: Power, Politics, and Institutional Design (M.E. Sharpe, 2007), and Economic Interdependence in Ukrainian Russian-Relations (SUNY, 1999). He is also author of a textbook, International Politics: Power and Purpose in Global Affairs, currently in its fourth edition.
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