It was meant to be a free and fair parliamentary election that could have changed Kyrgyzstan’s political landscape.
New political parties had mushroomed and promised new politics, free from the alleged corruption and clientelism of the ruling elite.
“These elections are taking place under conditions of strong political competitiveness,” President Sooronbay Jeenbekov said after casting his vote on October 4. “All parties were given equal opportunities.”Read more
By UDI Associate Dmytro Khutkyy. Digital technologies provide the public with the multitude of more accessible, connecting, and instant e-activism opportunities. Albeit, this comes with a price. Internet access toe-participation portals makes them more vulnerable to internal corruption and external hacking while online media make the public opinion more susceptible to manipulation.These issues are especially… Read more »Read more
In the covid-19 fight, at what point do people think the cure is worse than the disease? Our new survey evidence from Ukraine shows that for countries in conflict, economic fears aren’t the only issue. National security threats may pose significant barriers to slowing down the virus.Read more
Did you know that popular e-voting has been practiced in Ukraine at least since 2015? It has been indeed – for various purposes and at different levels of governance. In the eurointegration dimension, the introduction of e-elections of public officials should contribute to further EU-Ukraine integration.Read more
The UDI Fellowship Committee is very pleased to announce that 3 recipients have been awarded the 2020 UDI Visiting Fellowship.Read more
On Jan. 8, Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed minutes after taking off from Tehran, killing the 176 people on board. The crash threw Ukraine again into the international news — not on its own terms, but as a casualty of other nations’ political intrigues. So how did the government respond?Read more
By UDI Associate Dmytro Khutkyy and Kristina Avramchenko. Participatory budgeting as a mechanism of direct citizen participation in decision making on the use of public funds is globally acknowledged good practice of participatory governance. In Ukraine, within almost four years–from August 2015 till May 2019–participatory budgeting has been introduced in at least 154 communities. However,… Read more »Read more
The meeting of the so-called Normandy Contact Group, set for Dec. 9 in Paris, is aimed at easing the conflict in the Donbas area of eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatists. More than 13,000 people have died in the fighting, which began in April 2014.Read more
The Ukraine Democracy Initiative (UDI) Visiting Fellow Program enables research students at MA, PhD levels and early career researchers from UTS’s Ukrainian partner universities to travel to Sydney to collaborate on projects of mutual interest with UTS academics.Read more
Applications for the 2020 (round 1) are now open. See ‘Key Dates’ below for more information.Read more
The article focuses on different internal and external variables that influence the strategy‐making process at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Research is based on the declassified documents from 1949 to 1968 and non‐classified strategies from 1991 onwards. Cold War and post‐Cold War are usual ways of referring to years after the end of the Second World War.Read more
E-participation often experiences rise and decline, thereby the study aims to identify causes and outcomes of e-activism upturns. The research is based on expert interviews, content analysis, and self-reported statistics. It became evident that the studied European countries – Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – follow different trajectories, but still reveal common patterns. In particular, election campaigns, political and economic crises, and new policies can facilitate e-participation, which can institutionalize, frame an agenda, draft a policy proposal, and lead to a policy change or a government change.Read more