HUSI Blog

30 Years of Ukrainian Independence

On August 24, 2021, Ukraine celebrates the 30-year anniversary of its declaration of independence from the Soviet Union. This year's Independence Day remains particularly poignant as Ukraine continues to struggle against Russian aggression and the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Five years ago, we asked students in the 2016 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute class to comment on the 25th anniversary of Ukraine's independence. This year, we've...

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Black Soil: A Short Story

by Anastasiia Zhuravlova, 2021

Anastasiia ZhuravlovaI started this piece a while ago, but the words refused to form. It laid untouched for more than two years; I lacked inspiration, or so I liked to think. In reality, though, I lacked the courage to step into the shoes of someone who lived through...

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Resources and Inspiration: How Studying at HUSI has Contributed to My Ongoing Research Project

by Daria Glazkova, 2021

Daria GlazkovaAmong other reasons, my motivation to join HUSI 2021 was to expand my knowledge of Ukrainian history in preparation for the research project I will be working on over the next academic year. I am currently pursuing my MA in European and Russian Affairs at the...

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Ukraine and the Expansion of Private Security into Air Power

by Daniel Palmer, HUSI 2021

Daniel PalmerWhile looking for materials for Ukrainian listening practice this summer, I came across a news report featuring Ukrainian militia groups and their role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. I became more interested in the role non-governmental actors play in the conflict and started reading about Western security contractors expanding into Ukraine. What I found has profound implications, not only for Ukraine, but for the world.... Read more about Ukraine and the Expansion of Private Security into Air Power

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