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Ukraine: Between Scylla and Charybdis

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of 

Ukraine: Between Scylla and Charybdis

with
Paweł P. Styrna 
Research Assistant, The Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies

and additional remarks from
Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz
Professor of History, The Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies

Wednesday, January 15
2:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Please RSVP to sdwyer@iwp.edu.

This lecture is part of a series on the Intermarium region sponsored by the Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies at IWP.

Ukraine–like so many of the other former “captive nations” of the Central and Eastern European Intermarium–faces a choice between Scylla and Charybdis: an increasingly bold and aggressive post-Soviet Russia, and a socialist-liberal EU hostile to the sovereign nation-state. Meanwhile, Obama’s America is indifferent to the region, and visions of a CEE geopolitical bloc are stalled and obstructed.

Paweł P. Styrna was born in Zabrze, Poland. His Master of Arts thesis analyzed the attitudes of the American, British, Belgian, Polish, and Soviet press vis-à-vis the Polish-Ukrainian Kiev Offensive against the Bolsheviks in 1920. He is working on a biography of Polish industrialist Leopold Wellisz and has written numerous book reviews for Glaukopis, Sarmatian Review and Najwyższy Czas! He co-editedGolden Harvest or Hearts of Gold? Studies on the Fate of Wartime Poles and Jews(2012) and authored the chapter entitled “The Tale of Two Hamlets: The Case of Wólka-Okrąglik and Gniewczyna.” Mr. Styrna is a Eurasia analyst for the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research (SFPPR) and writes the blog Property Polska for the Journal of Property Rights in Transition.

Mr. Styrna was educated at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his Bachelor of Arts and his Master of Arts in modern European history, with minor specializations in Polish and Soviet history. He is currently enrolled in the international relations program at The Institute of World Politics and is a research assistant to the Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies.

Between Scylla and Charybdis: Ukraine, Russia, and the EU

In an article for the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, Kosciuszko Chair Research Assistant and IWP student Pawel Styrna discusses the current situation in Ukraine.  Read the full article here.  

Between Scylla and Charybdis: Ukraine, Russia, and the EU
by Pawel Stynra

Ukraine-like so many of the other former “captive nations” of the Central and Eastern European Intermarium-faces a choice between Scylla and Charybdis: an increasingly bold and aggressive post-Soviet Russia, and a socialist-liberal EU hostile to the sovereign nation-state. Meanwhile, Obama’s America is indifferent to the region, and visions of a CEE geopolitical bloc are stalled and obstructed.  

Ukraine’s decision to forego the signing of a “free trade” agreement with the European Union in favor of the Russian-dominated Eurasian Customs Union came as a shock, but only to those who haven’t been paying attention to the larger geopolitical trends in Central and Eastern Europe. Not surprisingly, supporters of European “integration” are irked and disappointed by this admittedly significant setback to the EU’s heretofore smooth eastward expansion. In the large Central-Eastern European country, dismayed and angry pro-EU Ukrainians protested in the capital of Kyiv, even demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych, while the pro-Moscow, post-Soviet government resorted to unleashing hundreds of hooligans-bussed in by the ruling Party of Regions-on the pro-European demonstrators.

The situation has now spiraled into a full-blown political crisis-the biggest in Ukraine since the Orange Revolution of 2004-with the masses of pro-Western demonstrators turning Independence Square-now dubbed Euro-Square (Euromaidan)-into a de facto fortified camp and repelling attempts by the regime’s riot police (the elite Berkut unit) to disperse them. In response, the post-Soviet government sought to erect a tent city of its own supporters. However one views EU “integration,” the determination and fighting spirit of theEuromaidan protesters is quite impressive, no doubt because they are fueled by nationalism. The crisis may quite easily become a second Orange Revolution and lead to regime change; unless the Yanukovych-Azarov oligarchy is willing to spill much blood to crush it. As Homini Sovietici they might not be at all averse to such brutal measures, but they are also aware that it would further weaken their bargaining position vis-à-vis Putin’s Russia.

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Tymoteusz Zych discusses sovereignty of EU states after the Lisbon Treaty

On Wednesday, December 4, Tymoteusz Zych discussed “Europe after the Lisbon Treaty: Are EU member states still sovereign?” at an event sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics.

Mr. Zych teaches History of Political and Legal Philosophy and Introduction to the Methods of Legal Reasoning at the University of Warsaw. He has a law degree from the University of Warsaw and a degree in humanistic studies from Artes Liberales Academy, an inter-university program established by eight major Polish Universities. He also studied law at Humboldt University in Berlin. Serving as an expert at the Adam Smith Institute, he focuses on issues of regulatory reform, judicial lawmaking, and legal measures in the European demographic crisis. Mr. Zych was awarded numerous research grants and scholarships, including the Scholarship for the Best Young Scholars at the University of Warsaw.

A video of his remarks can be found below.

Social Networks and Public Support for the European Union

You are cordially invited to a special lecture on the topic of

Social Networks and Public Support for the European Union

with
Dr. Elizabeth Radziszewski
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, Lehigh University
Author, Social Networks and Public Support for the European Union

Wednesday, October 23
2:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Please RSVP to kbridges@iwp.edu.

This lecture is sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies.

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Elizabeth RadziszewskiElizabeth Radziszewski is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at Lehigh University and the author of Social Networks and Public Support for the European Union (Routledge, 2013). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

In addition to her research on public opinion on European integration, she is interested in international conflicts and civil wars. She received grants from the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Council for European Studies, and her work has been published in the Journal of Conflict ResolutionForeign Policy Analysis, and Political Research Quarterly.

Her current project, a book manuscript, examines the impact of private military companies on the termination of civil wars. She enjoys ice dancing and playing the piano.

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