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The Politics and Complexities of Crisis Management in Ukraine

A Historical Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Gregory Simons, Mykola Kapitonenko, Viktor Lavrenyuk, Erik Vlaeminck


252 pages

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Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. In the decades between the end of the cold war and the crisis of 2014, the country suffered a large decline in agricultural and industrial production, plunging economic indicators into a sharp decline and leading to large-scale poverty and hardship.

This collection by leading scholars from the region explores the various crises affecting Ukraine since independence. Valuable crisis management research is made available from both Russian and Ukrainian sources and the on-going crisis in Ukraine put in context and analysed.

This accessible volume interacts with many disciplines including political science, security studies, crisis management and communication studies; and should prove useful to both students and researchers.


"Since its independence, the Ukraine has become a laboratory of crisis management. This book, written by a team of Ukrainian scholars, offers a timely analysis of statecraft, institutional design and crisis management in a time of upheaval. A very welcome addition to the crisis literature!" - Arjen Boin, Leiden University, Netherlands

"This professional volume on a very politicised issue brings to life the complexities of managing crises, via objectively analysed cases that do not put aside the finer details that tend to get lost through the use of subjective interpretation. As such it provides a highlyuseful account of the subject to scholars, students and practitioners alike." - Valentin Yakushik, professor of political science, University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", Ukraine

Table of Contents


Sergey Bozhko, Mykola Kapitonenko, Viktor Lavrenyuk and Greg Simons

Chapter 1: Managing the Irregular Migration Crisis in Ukraine

Nataliya Oliynyk

Chapter 2: The First Russian-Ukrainian Gas Conflict

Volodymyr Saprykin

Chapter 3: Non-Violence and Violence: The Orange Revolution and Euromaidan Compared

Taras Kuzio

Chapter 4: Yanukovich Statements on Ukraine-NATO Relations: An Internal

Crisis With External Outcomes

Alexandra Shapovalova

Chapter 5: Foreign Mass Media and Political Crises of Modern Ukraine

Anton Shynkaruk

Chapter 6: Journalism Under Threat: The Gongadze Murder in Ukraine

Vadym Kochergin


Mykola Kapitonenko, Viktor Lavrenyuk and Greg Simons

About the Editors


Mykola Kapitonenko is an Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National Shevchenko University.

Viktor Lavrenyuk is the Cofounder and Director of the Centre for International Studies, a Ukrainian policy research NGO.

Erik Vlaeminck is a PhD candidate in Russian at the University of Edinburgh.

Greg Simons is an Associate Professor in Political Science at Uppsala University, Sweden.

About the Series

Post-Soviet Politics

Post-Soviet Politics
The last decade has seen rapid and fundamental change in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Although there has been considerable academic comment on these changes over the years, detailed empirical and theoretical research on the transformation of the post-Soviet space is only just beginning to appear as new paradigms are developed to explain change. Post-Soviet Politics is a series focusing on the politics of change in the states of the former USSR. The series publishes original work that blends theoretical development with empirical research on post-Soviet politics. The series includes work that progresses comparative analysis of post-Soviet politics, as well as case study research on political change in individual post-Soviet states. The series features original research monographs, thematically strong edited collections and specialized texts. Uniquely, this series brings together the complete spectrum of work on post-Soviet politics, providing a voice for academics world wide.

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