Ukraine Analytica 1(27)


Dr Ihor Lossovskyi
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Envoy of Ukraine of the First Class

Iryna Prykhodko
Non-executive Director of the Mountain Seed Foundation (USA)

Political regimes in the former Soviet republics have evolved towards authoritarianism and vice versa. Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Ukraine became democratic; later – Georgia and Moldova; Azerbaijan and Armenia are semi-authoritarian; Russia, Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan are authoritarian; Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan became neo-totalitarian, with Kazakhstan and Tajikistan following them. In this article the author will try to answer the questions as to whether the main form of manifestation of nationalist contradictions in the republics of the former USSR is political confrontation, and if nationalist tendencies increase with the growth of authoritarian tendencies. The study found that there are fewer ethno-nationalist conflicts in Central Asian countries than in their more “democratic” neighbours; conflicts in autocracies are more likely to occur within the ethnic majority.

Ihor Lossovskyi, Ph.D., is currently a Deputy Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna (OSCE, IAEA, CTBTO, NSG, UNIDO, UNODC, and others). He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in 1993 and, amongst other positions, was the Consul General of Ukraine in Toronto, Canada, Ambassador of Ukraine to Malaysia, and Ambassador at Large with the Ukrainian MFA. Dr. Lossovskyi has M.Sc. degree from T.Shevchenko Kyiv National University (1980) and MPA degree from Ukraine National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (2006). In 1989, he obtained a Ph.D. from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is also a graduate of G. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany (1997, Course on European Security and Defense Economy) and of Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government (1997, National Security Program). Dr. Lossovskyi is the author of some 80 research articles and three books in the field of international relations, regional security, foreign policy of Ukraine and Russia, Asia-Pacific affairs, etc.

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