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The Crisis in Ukraine

by CSIS Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Course Description

When now-deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych made the decision on November 21, 2013 to abandon an Association Agreement with the European Union, little did he know that he was touching off a period of instability in Ukraine that would lead to his ouster and continue to the present day. Thousands of Ukrainians took to the streets, congregating on the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kyiv and in cities around the country.Yanukovych's attempts to remove the protestors by force backfired, turning what had been demonstrations in favor of association with Europe into larger anti-government protests. After a series of violent clashes, police failed to re-take the Maidan from protestors, and Yanukovych fled the country. He was replaced by a transitional government committed to putting Ukraine on a path to economic and political stability, and which scheduled nationwide elections for May 25, 2014. 

The Ukrainian uprising also heightened tensions between Russia and the West to levels not seen since the end of the Cold War. The crisis escalated further when Russian forces occupied and ultimately annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula (whose population is majority ethnic Russian and which hosts the Russian Black Sea Fleet) following a disputed referendum in the beginning of March. With Russia now massing troops on the border with Ukraine, many analysts are questioning how far President Putin is willing to go to secure Russian aims in Ukraine.

This course will address the geopolitical dynamics that have driven the crisis in Ukraine, focusing variously on the policies of Russia, Ukraine, the European Union, and the United States. It will continue to follow the crisis as it develops, addressing both the domestic situation within Ukraine and the actions of the major foreign powers. 

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Great course

An up to date course on this international crisis. with information from leading scholars on the implications of this crisis on energy, the rest of Europe, & more.

Worthless Opinions

Trashing someone is one thing, while truth is another thing. I heard judgements but no evidences or historical background analysis. If this was what you get from current events, then maybe the speaker should reconsider about the deviations between their perceptions and realities.

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