On December 4, 2018, Dr. Mykola Riabchuk, a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, delivered a public lecture on “How civil is the Ukrainian civil society today?” at the University of Regensburg. In his presentation, the scholar defined Ukraine as a country with a relatively strong civil society that proved its strength during both the “Orange” (2004) and “Euromaidan” (2013-14) revolutions and the ensuing Russo-Ukrainian war that invoked unprecedented civic mobilization and volunteer movement in support of the beleaguered state and its dilapidated armed forces. Since then, Ukrainian civil society has also played an important role, alongside with some international sponsors, in “sandwiching” the evasive Ukrainian government and pushing it toward more radical reforms and crackdown on corruption.

To provide a more nuanced picture, the speaker addressed three contiguous problems. First, he discussed the internal vulnerability of civil society groups and some leaders to corruption and peccability that is skilfully used by the oligarchy to undermine credibility of the whole movement. Secondly, he mentioned their overwhelming dependence on international grants and sponsors and rather weak grass-root activity, especially beyond the large cities. And thirdly, he examined a rather ambiguous, often evasive stance of many civil society leaders vis-à-vis “uncivil society” that has also been boosted by the revolutionary upheaval. Today, however, it represents quite a threat for the fledgling Ukrainian democracy – not so much by its quantity and electoral strength but by its radical ideology, hate speech, and proclivity to violence. The speaker emphasized the need for more balanced assessment of all these problems inasmuch as they are often silenced or downplayed, on one side, and overblown and misinterpreted, on the other.

On November 28 – December 1, 2018, Halyna Zelenka, Chief Research Scientist of the Institute, together with a delegation of lectors from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, was at the Center for Polish and European Studies of the University of Warsaw. During the trip, the delegation also visited the European College in Natolin, the Batory Foundation and the Warsaw Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations. However, the main reason for the trip was the participation in the international scientific conference “European Studies in Poland and in Ukraine” held at the University of Warsaw. The members of the Ukrainian delegation received a unique opportunity for dialogue with Polish scholars and students who are interested in and professionally engaged in Ukrainian issues. One of the undoubted positive results of this trip for the domestic scientists was the strengthening of Ukrainian-Polish scientific communication.

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18-20 сентября в Люблине состоялся IV Всепольский конгресс политологов, на тему «Общество в эпоху перемен». Украинскую ассоциацию политических наук на нем представляла главный научный сотрудник института, доктор политических наук, профессор Галина Зеленько, которая во время пленарного заседания зачитала поздравительное письмо к польским коллегам от Президента Ассоциации политических наук Украины Олега Рафальского. Она также выступила с докладом «Внешние факторы во внутренней политике стран Центрально-Восточной Европы». В целом в конгрессе приняли участие свыше 700 участников из Польши и зарубежных стран. (more…)

On November 28, the Volyn Regional State Administration, Lesia Ukrainka Eastern European National University, Volynskyi Branch of the All-Ukrainian Human Rights Organization “Memorial” named after Vasyl Stus launched a new platform for Ukrainian-Polish cooperation – the Volyn Platform for Dialogue Scientific Forum. The objective of the event was to search for the components of a constructive dialogue in order to reach agreement on the issue of national memory and Ukrainian-Polish history. The science workers of I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Historical Sciences, professor, Chief Research Scientist of the Department of history and theory of political science Yuri Shapoval and doctor of political sciences, professor, Leading Research Scientist of the Department of national minorities Oleg Kalakura, were invited to participate in the forum, which was held in the Volyn Regional Museum.

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On November 28, the delegation of the Academy of Social Sciences of the People’s Republic of China (ASN China) consisting of scientists from the Institute of Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Academy of Social Science of the People’s Republic of China, Zhang Hong and Wang Guizian visited the Institute.

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November 15, 2018 in Lviv, at the Ukrainian Catholic University, Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Ethno-Political Science at I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Mykola Riabchuk delivered a public lecture on “Europeans unwittingly? On the valuable dimension of Ukrainian identity”.

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On November 6, 2018, within the Practical Policy School founded by the Department of Political Science, the Chief Scientist of I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor Galina Zelenko presented a public lecture “Choosing the profession of a political scientist: political science in the world dimension” for the students, postgraduate students and teachers of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

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On October 18, 2018, a presentation of the 4-volume comprehensive study “The Paris Process: Causes, Consequences, Realities, Prospects” was held in Kyiv, in the premises of the Museum of the Ukrainian Revolution 1917-1921 (Kyiv City House of Teachers). Documents and Materials (1917-2017)” (the team of authors – L. Riaboshapko, O. Yarmish, V. Yaremchuk, O. Kucheruk). (more…)

On October 30, the visiting meeting of the Expert Council on Ethnopolitics and the Expert Council on Freedom of Religious Organizations activitof the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine took place in Zaporizhzhia. (more…)

The full version of Nagorna L.P.’s monograph «Historical culture: concept, information resource, reflective potential» was placed on the site of Institute.

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At the Canadian Institute of the Ukrainian Studies (Edmonton), Yuriy Shapoval has been to on the scientific mission


On October 9, 2018, a meeting of the Admission Committee of the Institute took place.

According to the results of the entrance examination for the specialty, in foreign language and scientific achievements on the basis of the average score, the Admissions Committee adopted the following decision



On September 18-20, the IV All-Polish Congress of Political Scientists “Society in Times of Change” was held in Lublin. The Ukrainian Association of Political Sciences was represented by the Chief Scientist of the Institute, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor Galina Zelenko, who during the plenary session read a greetings letter to the Polish colleagues from the President of the Ukrainian Association of Political Sciences Oleg Rafalsky. She also delivered a report entitled “External factors in the internal politics of Central and Eastern Europe”. In total, more than 700 participants from Poland and foreign countries took part in the congress.


On September, 20-23, under the auspices of the Ukrainian-Polish forum of partnership between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Republic of Poland, the XI Ukrainian-Polish meeting: past, current and future was held.  Traditionally, it was organised by the co-organisers – Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, the center of East European Studies of Warsaw University, I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the editorial board of the newspaper «Kurier Galicyjski» and the Fund «Wolność i Demokracja». (more…)

On September 19, within the XXV Forum of publishers, a panel discussion on the publication of two editions was held in Lviv:

Stepan Velychko. Imperialism and Nationalism in red: Ukrainian Marxism critique of Russian communist ruling in Ukraine (1918-1925).

Yuriy Shapoval. “Oleksandr Shumskyi. Life, Fate, Unknown documents: researches, archive materials”


On September 7-8, a two-day research and practical conference with international participation “Public administration and public service in Ukraine: state of issues and prospects of development” was held at the National Academy for public administration under the President of Ukraine.


On August 20-27t, the XVI International congress of slavists was held in Belgrade. The scientists from all over the world, including the representatives from European Slavic states participated in its work. A delegation from Ukraine was also represented at the congress, which included the members of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and teachers from leading universities.


On August 27, in I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, all-Ukrainian conference “27 years of independence of Ukraine: Achievements and Prospects for the development of the State Ethnonational policy” was held. The conference was organized by the Council of national communities in Ukraine together with I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.


"Scientific Notes" of IPENR

Наукові записки Інституту політичних і етнонаціональних досліджень ім. І.Ф. Кураса НАН України. – 2018 / 1 (93) – 311с.