TCUP Conference

Why Is Ukraine a Democracy?

Thank you to everyone who participated in our conference. We were very pleased to have such a diverse, vibrant, and engaged audience for our outstanding panelists and moderators. Please stay in touch as we begin preparing for next year's conference.

Links to review conference information and proceedings: 

Speaker bios


Ukrainian-language summaries from Radio Svoboda

Video: Keynote address (English)Головна промова

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February 1-5, 2021 | 12:00pm EST
Online (Zoom Webinar); registration required

(Read in Ukrainian.)

Addressing the theme of Ukraine’s democracy in the past, present, and future, this conference is distinct from typical academic conferences. Rather than presenting papers, panelists will respond to a set of questions provided in advance by the moderator. Each panelist will discuss the same questions based on his or her expertise, followed by an open discussion with participants. All panels feature a combination of scholars and policy practitioners, creating a space for dialogue that extends beyond academia.

Dr. Francis Fukuyama will give the keynote address on Wednesday, February 3. A series of four panels covering the implications of Ukraine's history on contemporary events, civil society and mass mobilizations, institutions and reform, and displacement and reconciliation will be spread throughout the week, one per day, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

We invite and encourage scholars, journalists, policy officials, and the general public to attend as members of the audience.

Registration is required to attend the online conference. Please indicate which session(s) you plan to attend when you register. Register here.

Questions may be addressed to TCUP Director Emily Channell-Justice at

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Schedule and participants subject to change.

February 1
12-2pm EST

Panel 1: The Role of History in Ukraine’s Democratic Development

Moderator: Serhii Plokhii (Ukrainian Research Institute)
Panelists: Dominique Arel (University of Ottawa), Oleksandra Gaidai (Ukrainian Institute, Kyiv), Yaroslav Hrytsak (Ukrainian Catholic University), Nataliya Kibita (University of Edinburgh)

February 2
12-2pm EST

Panel 2: Civil Society and Mass Mobilization

Moderator: Emily Channell-Justice (Ukrainian Research Institute)
Panelists: Olexiy Haran (Kyiv-Mohyla Academy), Olga Onuch (University of Manchester), Galyna Petrenko (Detector Media), Lucan Way (University of Toronto) 

Wednesday, February 3
12-2pm EST

Keynote: "Lessons from the Ukrainian Transition to Democracy" 

Francis Fukuyama (Stanford University)
More information.

February 4
12-2pm EST

Panel 3: Institutions and Reform

Moderator: Adrian Karatnycky (Atlantic Council)
Panelists: Olga Aivazovska (Civil Network OPORA), Margarita Balmaceda (Seton Hall University), Rostyslav Pavlenko (Kyiv Mohyla Academy), Jessica Pisano (New School for Social Research) 

February 5
12-2pm EST

Panel 4: Displacement and Reintegration in Crimea and Donbas

Moderator: Sasha Jason (Stanford)
Panelists: Tania Bulakh (Indiana University Bloomington), Oleksandra Matviichuk (Center for Civil Liberties), Greta Lynn Uehling (University of Michigan), Rustem Umerov (Verkhovna Rada) 

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