What Can Be Expected from the March 2006 Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine?

Tuesday, March 7, 2006
7:00pm
Room 1512, International Affairs Building, Columbia University, 420 W. 118th St.

The Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University, in coordination with the Brooklyn Ukrainian Group, Shevchenko Scientific Society, and the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, invite you to the next event in the “Race for the Rada” discussion series, titled:

“WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED FROM THE MARCH 2006 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS IN UKRAINE?”

On March 26, 2006, elections to Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, will take place. These elections are being watched particularly closely because, after March, many of the powers now held by the presidency will be transferred to parliament, which will elect the prime minister. Since the Orange Revolution, we have seen Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko of the “Our Ukraine” bloc dismiss the prime minister, Yuliya Tymoshenko, who then re-energized her bloc and started her bid to win the parliamentary elections, making it clear that she wants the post back. . . . Can the many battling parties successfully form a majority coalition in parliament? . . . Should we expect repeat parliamentary elections soon? . . .

Participating in the discussion will be panelists:

* Robert Legvold, Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, who will focus on the elections’ place in the evolution of Ukrainian politics since the Orange Revolution and their implications for the future, particularly on Ukraine’s shifting relationship with Russia;

* John Gillingham III, Professor of History at University of Missouri-St. Louis and Senior Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, who will focus on the elections as they relate to Ukraine’s relations with the European Union;

* Mykola Riabchuk, Research Associate at the Center for European Studies at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, who will focus on Ukraine’s internal regional divisions, identities, and political culture with regard to the elections.

Moderated by Frank Sysyn, Professor of History at the University of Alberta (Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies) and Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar at Columbia University.