Futa Ito: Does Ukraine Need a “National” Identity?

Futa Ito is a student in the Russian and European Studies Master’s Programme in International Relations, University of Tampere.

This response paper summarizes, discusses, and evaluates an article “A Divided Nation? Reconsidering the Role of Identity Politics in the Ukraine Crisis” which was written by Tatiana Zhurzhenko and published in 2014. After summarizing the article, I will evaluate it by outlining its strength and weaknesses, and conclude by arguing that in order to build a well-functioning state, Ukrainians should fully appreciate the diversified culture and history of the country.

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Michael Watkins: Identity Politics: The Key to Understanding the Ukrainian Conflict?

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Michael Watkins is a student in the Russian and European Studies Master’s Programme in International Relations, University of Tampere.

“Out of many, one.”

No I’m not referring to the antiquated de facto motto of the United States of America, but rather to the identity melting pot that is Ukraine. A country of several ethnic, linguistic, and political groups (just to name a few of the countless divisions that may be found in this multifaceted nation), Ukraine has become the new battle ground of identity politics, with each of the seemingly infinite groups all fighting for their own version of Ukraine. Or so one may believe.

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Jessica Diepenbroek: Constructing a fortress Europe against Russia?

Jessica Diepenbroek is a student in the Russian and European Studies Master’s Programme in International Relations, University of Tampere.

In their paper “The New European Disorder” Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard call for the need to rethink European order to solve the current disorder that the Ukraine crisis has exposed. In the centre of the problem is Europe’s need to realise that it’s post-modern order – that it has viewed exceptional and universal – is not going to continue its progress.

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