A young democracy located in the heart of Europe, Ukraine is today confronted by grave challenges at home and abroad. This initiative aims to bring new thinking to these challenges, and to widen public awareness of what is at stake in Ukraine following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Maidan protests and the outbreak of war. The initiative supposes that the survival and flourishing of democracy in Ukraine is fundamental for dealing with such pressing problems as economic stagnation, corruption and oligarchy, military invasion and European disintegration. The initiative pays special attention to three types of barriers to the building of democracy: challenges in the sphere of government, at the level of civil society and in the field of foreign policy.
Based at the University of Sydney, and hosted by the Sydney Democracy Network, the main goals of the Ukraine Democracy Initiative (UDI) include:
The Ukraine Democracy Initiative is supported by the MIMIVIC Group (Victor and Maria Rudewych) and the Ukrainian Studies Foundation in Australia (USFA).
Co-ordinator: Olga Oleinikova
Partner Institutions:Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University(Ukraine)
University of Oxford (UK)
Advisory Board:Professor John Keane (University of Sydney)
Professor Olga Kutsenko (KNU)
Professor Wolfgang Merkel (WZB)
Professor Marko Pavlyshyn (Monash University)
Professor Jan Zielonka (University of Oxford)