Reconciliation between parties in a violent conflict usually depends first of all on an end to the violence. In her contribution to this discussion forum, Oxana Shevel raised the challenges that Ukraine faces in the attempt to end the war in the Donbas, including the lack of desire among the Ukrainian political elites to compromise with Russia on issues of Ukraine’s sovereignty and the lack of incentives for Russia to stop backing the self-declared “republics” in the Donbas. Because an overall resolution to the conflict seems currently to be out of reach, Shevel rightly emphasizes the real possibilities of an internal dialogue now, under circumstances in Ukraine’s East that remain unchanged. In my contribution, I illuminate why the overall conflict will be so hard to resolve.
After World War II, Kyiv’s large Jewish minority was quite publically marginalized by the Ukrainian leadership’s silence on Moscow’s cue. The result was a newly empowered Ukrainian majority some two years before the murder of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee leader, Solomon Mikhoels, the date usually cited as the beginning of the Kremlin’s official anti-Semitism campaign. New research shows that,
In much of contemporary experimental theater, the audience is encouraged to actively participate in the performance: through direct dialogue, through expressions of individual opinion, by presenting questions for public discussion, or through participating in the scripting of the performance itself, such as choosing the finale. This so-called theater of witnesses has succeeded most prominently due to its documentary format and the active participation of the audience. The closed space of the theater becomes a common area of responsibility where it is impossible to hide, to avoid discussion, or to falsify identities.
David Marples, a prominent Canadian scholar of modern Ukraine and Belarus, and his younger colleague from the University of Alberta Frederick Mills have published an edited volume of twelve essays dedicated to various aspects of recent events in Ukraine titled Ukraine’s Euromaidan: Analyses of a Civil Revolution. The collection lacks the cohesiveness typical of a monograph, suggesting that the themes addressed in each chapter were respectively chosen by their individual authors rather than the editors. It is not an attempt to provide a synthetic understanding of events surrounding the Euromaidan. That said, certain chapters have the distinct potential to be expanded into book-length works, in particular...