Date: May 18, 2015

Author(s):  Wilson Andrew (ed.)

Language: English

Work type: Edited volume

Publisher/institution: European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)


With the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in the Donbas, the EU needs more than ever to understand what Ukrainians themselves think about their future. In What does Ukraine think?, edited by Andrew Wilson, the authors argue that too much of the debate and the diplomacy in the current crisis has been conducted without Ukraine.

This volume allows leading Ukrainian experts – among whom Sergii Leshchenko, Anton Shekhovtsov, and Andrey Kurkov – to put forward their own point of view, giving a flavour of local debates in the terms and frames of reference that Ukrainians use. ECFR is delighted to give a platform for what Ukrainians call the “direct voice” of participants themselves.

The essay collection contains four sets of papers:

  • on Ukraine in a time of war and revolution
  • on the political situation and the war in the east
  • on Ukraine’s changing national identity and regional dynamics
  • and on the difficulties of implementing much-needed reforms under conditions of war