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What Makes Ukraine Resilient in an Asymmetric War? A Survey of Local Governments’ Emergency Responses
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1201 International Affairs Building
420 W 118th Street, 12th floor

This is a hybrid (in-person/virtual) event. Registration required for attendance. Please note that all attendees must follow Columbia’s COVID-19 Policies and Guidelines. Columbia University is committed to protecting the health and safety of its community. To that end, all visiting alumni and guests must meet the University requirement of full vaccination status in order to attend in-person events. Vaccination cards may be checked upon entry to all venues. All other attendees may participate virtually on Zoom or YouTube.

Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute for a presentation by Oleksandra Keudel.

Ukraine revealed puzzling resilience in the face of the full-scale Russian invasion on 24 February 2022. Local authorities, in particular, continue to provide public services and respond to crises arising from Russian attacks on critical civilian infrastructure and housing and massive internal displacement. This survey illuminates how local authorities ensure the effectiveness and legitimacy of their emergency responses using elements of collaborative and anticipatory governance. These findings also highlight a shifting social contract in Ukraine towards partnership between authorities and citizens as a foundation for democracy more broadly. The study was commissioned by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and co-authored with Oksana Huss (Bologna University). The event will be moderated by Mark Andryczyk (Harriman Institute).

Oleksandra Keudel is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Governance at the Kyiv School of Economics. From November 2022-February 2023, she is a Petrach Ukrainian Studies Fellow at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies of the Elliott School for International Affairs (George Washington University). In her research, she focuses on local democracy, social movements and civic engagement, and business-political arrangements at the local level in Ukraine. Her book “How Patronal Networks Shape Opportunities for Local Citizen Participation in a Hybrid Regime: A Comparative Analysis of Five Cities in Ukraine” has recently been published with ibidem/Columbia University Press. Oleksandra is also a consultant on Open Government, anti-corruption policies and public integrity for international organizations (Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the IIEP-UNESCO). She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin (Germany), an MSc in International Administration and Global Governance from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and an MA in International Information from the Kyiv Institute of International Relations.


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