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Andreas Umland

Analyst at the Stockholm Center for Eastern European Studies (SCEEUS) at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)

Andreas is a Kyiv-based analyst at the Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies (SCEEUS) at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. He is also an Associate Professor of Political Science at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Umland holds a Ph.D in Politics from Cambridge, a Dr. Phil in History as well as a Diploma in Politology from FU Berlin, M. Phil in Russian Studies from Oxford and an MA in Political Science from Stanford.

Umland was a researcher at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, as well as Harvard’s Weatherhead Center, and taught at the Ural State University in Yekaterinburg, St. Antony’s College Oxford, Shevchenko University of Kyiv, the Catholic University of Eichstätt and at the University of Jena.

He is the editor of the ibidem Press book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” and “Ukrainian Voices.”

Umland is a member of the boards of the International Association for Comparative Fascist Studies and the Boris Nemtsov Academic Center for the Study of Russia at Charles University of Prague.

Articles by Andreas Umland

Questions and Answers: The U.S. Decision to Provide Ukraine With ATACMS

The delivery of long-range "ATACMS" missiles to Ukraine could be a game changer.

April 29, 2024

Ukraine: The Case for Restricted Geozones

Western and other interested governments should enforce no-fly zones over Ukraine in order to protect objects (such as nuclear power plants) that are of strategic concern to their countries.

September 7, 2023

Putin’s Devious Plans If Joe Biden Wins

With the prospects rising that Joe Biden will be elected President of the U.S., does the U.S. have to prepare for made-in-Russia mayhem?

October 23, 2020

Belarus and Ukraine: Historic Parallels, Russia’s Imperial Designs

Belarus is on a path of national rebirth that is increasingly incompatible with Putin’s pan-Slavic expansionism.

September 20, 2020

Zelensky and the Donbas Conflict

Why Kyiv’s confrontation with Moscow in Eastern Ukraine will continue without an EU policy change.

July 6, 2019

Is Zelensky a Ukrainian Trump?

Why the choice of an unlikely figure as Volodymyr Zelensky to become President provides Ukrainians reason for hope.

April 16, 2019

Ukraine, the West and a Dead End

What the West must do so that a reformed Ukraine can survive in the face of a continuing Russian threat.

January 4, 2017

Ukraine’s “Success Trap”

Within five to ten years, Ukraine will be a largely renewed country with less corruption and stronger rule of law than today. But Putin & Co. remain a big risk factor.

December 9, 2016

Why the West Misunderstands Russia’s Challenge

Looking past the bluster and hyperbole of Russia’s political leaders and business elites.

June 8, 2016

How to Influence Russian Public Opinion?

Russian social networks are potential channels for spreading the truth about the Kremlin’s corruption and propaganda.

February 26, 2016

Russo-Turkish Confrontation and Future of Putin’s Regime

Repercussions inside Russia of the jet incident on the Syrian border.

December 2, 2015

Quo Vadis, Putin? An Answer in Five Points

Reflections on Putin and Russian domestic politics.

March 21, 2015

Ukraine: Cancel the Presidential Election! (It’s The Wrong Kind)

The May 25 presidential election does not matter. Ukraine needs a well-balanced parliamentary system.

May 6, 2014

Ukraine: Why Europe Has the Most Leverage

As Brussels remains reticent, Russia continues bluffing that it can shape the post-Soviet space.

January 16, 2014

Ukraine: Key to Restoring a Greater Russia

Ukraine is caught between European integration and Russian re-unification aims.

January 16, 2014

Russia’s Liberal Pseudo-Politicians

Can Russia's liberal movement find a leader who can connect with ordinary Russians?

June 18, 2012

Kiev's Next Image Problem: The Rise of the Far Right

Would Ukraine be more at home in the Russian Federation rather than the European Union?

October 22, 2010

Russia and the West: The Unpopular Prospect of World War III

Why have relations between the West and Russia become increasingly frosty?

January 14, 2009

Re-Democratizing Russia

Does Dmitry Medvedev's first address as Russia's President suggest a re-democratization of Russia?

November 25, 2008