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Andreas Umland

Senior expert at the Ukrainian Institute for the Future in Kyiv, and editor of the book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society.”

Andreas Umland is Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for European Security of the Institute of International Relations at Prague, and General Editor of the ibidem-Verlag book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” and “Ukrainian Voice” distributed by Columbia University Press.

Andreas Umland teaches in the German and European Studies program at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine and is a member of the Academic Experts Council of the Ukrainian parliament’s Committee on European Integration. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, in Germany.

Mr. Umland was a DAAD visiting lecturer at Kiev’s Shevchenko University from 2005-08 and a Bosch visiting lecturer at the Ural State University, in Yekaterinburg, Russia, from 1999-2001. He has been a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution (1997-99) and Harvard’s Weatherhead Center (2001-02).

He is a member of the Valdai International Discussion Club and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies, "Forum noveishei vostochnoevropeiskoi istorii i kul’tury," CEU Political Science Journal and Ideology and Politics Journal.

He holds an M.A. from Stanford University, an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a diploma and doctorate from the Free University of Berlin, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University.

Articles by Andreas Umland

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