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The Glazyev Tapes, Origins of the Donbas Conflict, and Minsk Agreements

To Inform is to Influence

Clearly, Russia supported this operation, to take over Crimea and Donbas, since before the beginning. Russia broke a multitude of international laws in doing so and should be named, shamed, and blamed.

Excellent article by Andreas Umland.  

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by Andreas Umland  |  on September 13th, 2018

What are the origins of the armed conflict that has been raging in eastern Ukraine since 2014? Which role did Russia play in the emergence and escalation of the originally unarmed confrontation, in the Donets Basin (Donbas), after the victory of the Euromaidan revolution? When, how and to what degree exactly did Moscow get involved? Which relative weight did local sources of the conflict compared to the impact of foreign factors, i.e. the Kremlin’s covert actions in Ukraine? These and similar questions are not only academic topics hotly debated in Ukraine and the West. The way one answers them has also far-reaching implications…

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Elections are Dead. Long Live Elections! What do the Mueller Investigation and the Catalan Referendum Protests Have in Common?

Europe and the Everyday

On the surface, the Mueller investigation into the Trump-Russia relations and the protests following the Catalan referendum violence for independence seem to be distant, disparate and unrelated events. However, they share one common, albeit implicit premise: both imply that elections are not the sine qua non for democracy. The voicing of discontent with the incumbents is no longer exclusively confined to retrospective electoral accountability. Instead, protests on the street, resorting to legal action and using independent counsellors’ or audit investigations are just a few of the myriad ways indicating the burgeoning anxiety about elections.

The Impotence of Elections: Is Political Science Playing Catch Up?

The study of elections in political science has been slow to recognize the withering salience of elections in politics. Yet, there are two unlikely and relatively unrecognised groups of scholars who were amongst the first to express these initial doubts: they rose from the ranks of…

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Qualifizierte MitherausgeberInnen & AutorInnen gesucht: Sammelband zur #Krimannexion, 30.11.18 @UkraineOffice

Andreas Umland

Krym Rossiia

Ich suche bis zu sechs wissenschaftlich qualifizierte MitautorInnen und zwei engagierte MitherausgeberInnen für einen deutschsprachigen Sammelband zu völkerrechtlichen, politischen und historischen Aspekten des russischen Anschlusses der Krim im Februar-April 2014.

1. Gesucht werden fakten- und quellengesättigte deutsche bzw. ins Deutsche übersetzte wissenschaftliche Originaltexte bzw. bereits erschienene Artikel aus Fachzeitschriften oder anderen wissenschaftlichen Sammelbänden (siehe unten) mit möglichst engem thematischen Fokus und einer Länge von 7000 bis 14000 Wörtern.
1.a) AutorInnen bereits veröffentlichter Texte werden gebeten, beim ursprünglichen Verlag eine Wiederabdrucksgenehmigung einzuholen sowie die Formalstilistik des Textes an das Sammelbandformat (wie Zeitschrift OSTEUROPA) anzupassen.
1.b) Beiträger von Originaltexten werden gebeten, ihren Manuskripten Gutachten von Kollegen bzw. Gutachtervorschläge beizulegen.

2. Eventuelle MitherausgeberInnen sollten:
2.a) wissenschaftlich qualifiziert sein und idealerweise Erfahrungen bei der Herausgabe von Sammelbänden haben,
2.b) bereit sein, Zeit, Geduld, Akribie und Energie für die Umsetzung des Projektes zu investieren, sowie
2.c) Kommunikations- und Kooperationsbereitschaft zu einer kollektiven Verwirklichung des Projektes…

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Qualifizierte MitherausgeberInnen & AutorInnen gesucht: Sammelband zur #Krimannexion, 30.11.18 @UkraineOffice

Krym Rossiia

Ich suche bis zu sechs wissenschaftlich qualifizierte MitautorInnen und zwei engagierte MitherausgeberInnen für einen deutschsprachigen Sammelband zu völkerrechtlichen, politischen und historischen Aspekten des russischen Anschlusses der Krim im Februar-April 2014.

1. Gesucht werden fakten- und quellengesättigte deutsche bzw. ins Deutsche übersetzte wissenschaftliche Originaltexte bzw. bereits erschienene Artikel aus Fachzeitschriften oder anderen wissenschaftlichen Sammelbänden (siehe unten) mit möglichst engem thematischen Fokus und einer Länge von 7000 bis 14000 Wörtern.
1.a) AutorInnen bereits veröffentlichter Texte werden gebeten, beim ursprünglichen Verlag eine Wiederabdrucksgenehmigung einzuholen sowie die Formalstilistik des Textes an das Sammelbandformat (wie Zeitschrift OSTEUROPA) anzupassen.
1.b) Beiträger von Originaltexten werden gebeten, ihren Manuskripten Gutachten von Kollegen bzw. Gutachtervorschläge beizulegen.

2. Eventuelle MitherausgeberInnen sollten:
2.a) wissenschaftlich qualifiziert sein und idealerweise Erfahrungen bei der Herausgabe von Sammelbänden haben,
2.b) bereit sein, Zeit, Geduld, Akribie und Energie für die Umsetzung des Projektes zu investieren, sowie
2.c) Kommunikations- und Kooperationsbereitschaft zu einer kollektiven Verwirklichung des Projektes in einem Herausgeberteam demonstrieren.
Insbesondere suche ich eine/n Mitherausgeber/in, die/der die Gesamtleitung, die Teamkoordination und den Abschluss des Projektes übernimmt.

Es gelten die Zitationsweise, das Fussnotenformat und die Transliterationsregeln der Zeitschrift OSTEUROPA.

Dieses Projekt läuft parallel zu zwei englischsprachigen Projekten, die kurz hier beschrieben sind:
https://www.facebook.com/events/225473821360957/
https://www.facebook.com/events/388824634958207/
Die Texte der englisch- bzw. deutschsprachigen Projekte können in die jeweils andere Sprache übersetzt und in einem solchen Fall eventuell zweimal veröffentlicht werden.

Der Band soll entweder in meiner Book Series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” beim ibidem-Verlag oder in einer anderen geeigneten wissenschaftlichen Buchreihe erscheinen.

Bitte kontaktieren Sie: andreas.umland@stanfordalumni.org

Folgende juristische Aufsätze wurden bereits für den deutschsprachigen Band eingeworben und sind zum Wiederabdruck freigegeben:

Heintze, Hans-Joachim (2014): Völkerrecht und Sezession – Ist die Annexion der Krim eine zulässige Wiedergutmachung sowjetischen Unrechts? // Humanitäres Völkerrecht. Informationsschriften 27:3. S. 129-138

Peters, Anne (2014): Das Völkerrecht der Gebietsreferenden. Das Beispiel der Ukraine 1991-2014 // Osteuropa 64: 5-6. S. 101–134.

Behlert, Benedikt (2015): Die Unabhängigkeit der Krim. Annexion oder Sezession? // IFHV Working Paper 5:2. www.ifhv.de/documents/workingpapers/wp5_2.pdf.

Singer, Tassilo (2015): Intervention auf Einladung // Evgeniya Bakalova / Tobias Endrich / Khrystyna Shlyakhtovska / Galyna Spodarets, Hgg.: Ukraine. Krisen. Perspektiven. Interdisziplinäre Betrachtungen eines Landes im Umbruch. Berlin. S. 235-260.

Luchterhandt, Otto (2014): Der Anschluss der Krim an Russland aus völkerrechtlicher Sicht // Archiv des Völkerrechts 52:2. S. 137-174.

CfP: #Russia’s #Annexation of @Crimea: Legal & Political Aspects, 31.8.18 #JSPPS publ. @ibidem11 distr. @ColumbiaUP | @_UoW @UkraineOffice #Crimea #Krim #Крим #Крым

JSPPS Crimea Coins
CfP: Russia’s Annexation of Crimea: Legal and Political Aspects, 31.8.18
Call for papers:

Gergana Yankova-Dimova (Ph.D. Harvard) and Andreas Umland (Ph.D. Cambridge) are inviting submissions of English-language original scholarly papers for a 2019 special issue on Russia’s annexation of Crimea in the Journal of Soviet & Post-Soviet Politics & Society (http://spps-jspps.autorenbetreuung.de/de/jspps.html, JSPPS). If interested, please, let us know until when you could provide what kind of manuscript for peer review.

Note that JSPPS is an academic journal. Thus your empirical or legal findings should be embedded in some already existing topical and theoretical literature, as well as discuss your study’s implications for this literature. Should your paper be seen as an examination, exploration, illustration, falsification, verification, sustentation, devaluation, contestation or modification of previous empirical or legal research, or/and existing relevant theories? A narrowly focused narrative merely based on an ad hoc investigation into your particular topic itself will, for JSPPS, not do.

Please, use this paper as a model for the formal style of your paper: http://spps-jspps.autorenbetreuung.de/files/wilson_andrew_artikel_3.2.pdf

If successfully accepted and published by JSPPS, we will later offer you republication of your paper in a collected volume within this larger project “Political Investigations and Legal Assessments of Russia’s Annexation of Crimea in 2014.” See: https://www.facebook.com/events/388824634958207/

Gergana Yankova-Dimova
University of Winchester
Gergana.Dimova@winchester.ac.uk

Andreas Umland
Institute for Euro-Atlantic Сooperation, Kyiv
andreas.umland@stanfordalumni.org

Re 4th Anniversary of @MH17Crime: Slow @JITMH17 Prosecution & Disregard for #CasusBelli Theories @TheDayNewspaper

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My response to the question of a Ukrainian journalist on the 4th anniversary of the MH17 / MH17 / MH17 / MH17 = Malaysian airliner incident on 17th July 2014:
The official investigation of this rather obvious case by the Joint Investigation Team : JIT has been excruciatingly slow. Already, on the day of the shooting, on 17 July 2014, it was pretty clear that this missile could have only come from a regular Russian army unit. Who else would have had the opportunity to shoot from the separatist-controlled territory an airliner flying approximately 10 km high? Yet, it was the famous Bellingcat group, with its limited resources, rather than the Netherlands-led governmental investigation team which provided the first in-depth and most critical research to fully proof Moscow’s responsibility for the shooting of the airliner. Instead of quickly pushing ahead with identifying and prosecuting the perpetrators, the Dutch nation has since conducted a referendum on Ukraine’s association with the EU. This vote against the Ukrainian strive towards Europe was de facto an act of public support by the Netherlands for Putin’s mingling in East-Central Europe – a loud Dutch “Thank you!” to Moscow for murdering dozens of Dutch citizens. The Dutch referendum on the Association Agreement between Ukraine-EU / Асоціація між Україною та ЄС was widely celebrated in state-controlled Russian mass media as a victory for Moscow’s policies towards Europe. Now it seems that the legal procedures to finally prosecute the perpetrators are on track.
However, there is still a big gap in Western reporting and researching of the MH17, in that the motives for the Kremlin’s strange behavior are not discussed deeply enough. Why exactly did Moscow send an as sophisticated and high-flying rocket as the Buk missile to Ukraine when such a weapon was not necessary to shoot down lower flying Ukrainian military planes? What is so far missing in Western debates of the incident is proper consideration of the predominant explanation proposed by various more or less competent Russian and Ukrainian researchers of the incident. Many East European investigators of the circumstances of the shooting believe that the only full explanation for the arrival of the Russian BUK in the Donbas in July 2014 was that Moscow indeed wanted to shoot down a high-flying passenger plane. Yet, the Kremlin wanted to shoot not a Malaysian airliner, but a Russian one. The responsibility for the shooting of a Russian passenger plane over Eastern Ukraine would have been ascribed to the Ukrainian armed forces, with reference to Ukraine’s accidental shooting of a Russian passenger plane, Siberian Airlines 1812, in October 2001. The horrible incident and blaming of Kyiv in July 2014 would have provided Moscow with a casus belli to implement its “Novorossiia” (New Russia) project – i.e. the annexation of Russophone Eastern and Southern mainland Ukraine via an invasion of regular Russian military forces. This operation would have followed the pattern of the 1999 bombings of Russian residential buildings which probably was a Russian secret service operation. The terrorist acts of September 1999 provided the Kremlin with a casus belli for starting the Second Chechen War, and then Prime-Minister Putin with an opportunity to gain public profile as defender of the Russian fatherland as well as gatherer of Russian lands, ahead of the 2000 Russian presidential elections. There are now already two in-depth Western investigations of the 1999 Moscow bombings by John B. Dunlop (The Moscow Bombings of September 1999. Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag, 2012) and David Satter (The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016). Yet, there is no comparable Western investigation of the July 2014 MH17 incident so far – although most of the victims were EU citizens.

#Russia, the @FIFAWorldCup, and Simultaenous Wars in #Ukraine & #Syria

Litkovets-Stepan

It is, to put it mildly, bizarre that the FIFA World Cup has, during the last days, been generating much sympathy for a country whose government is simultaneously waging full-scale wars in Ukraine and Syria – while the sports festival is ongoing, as if nothing has happened, throughout Russia.

It is sickening to read about the deaths of 16 Ukrainian soldiers alone in June 2018, not to mention the many other victims in Ukraine and Syria during the last three weeks, while also seeing the many happy pictures from Russia. These soldiers defending their homeland were killed, on Ukrainian soil, with Russian guns, landmines and ammunition – some, perhaps, by Russian citizens – not far away from the parallely ongoing soccer matches accross the border, in Rostov, Volgograd and Sochi.

Today’s dystopian situation is not even comparable to the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. This is a low for FIFA which has allowed this to happen.