Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

Ukrainian Identity after Euromaidan: Drivers of Change and Impact on Reforms

17 January 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Mykola Riabchuk, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Political and Nationalities' Studies, Academy of Science of Ukraine
Dr Rory Finnin, Head, Department of Slavonic Studies; Director, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Programme, University of Cambridge



25 years ago, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine emerged as an independent state. Its identity has always been a complex mix of languages, as well as different views of history and aspirations for the future. The Euromaidan protests and Russian aggression in Crimea and Donbas have had a direct impact on nation-building and are causing certain shifts in Ukrainian identity.

At this event, the panel will discuss how the views of Ukrainian identity have evolved since 2013. Is Ukraine emerging as a more cohesive nation or does regional diversity and different historical experiences still cause tensions? And can ethnic and civic identities coexist? They will also focus on the impact of the state’s decommunization policy and the influence of identity on reform progress.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.