Ukrainian Studies Program
ARGUMENT: Ukraine is Romania biggest neighbor. Yet, few Romanians really know what is going on in the next-door country on a day-to-day basis and almost no Romanians speak Ukrainian. Sadly, there is currently no Ukrainian Studies Program in Romanian academia or non-governmental sector which is indicative of the wider state of affairs of area studies in Romania. Apart from American and European Studies, there is no institutional effort underway anywhere in Romania to research and form specialists in area studies (including specialists on modern day Ukraine). For historical reasons, Romania’s entire foreign policy in the region has been primarily focused on Moldova. Meanwhile, the relationship with Ukraine has been dominated for decades by sensitive issues (like the rights of the Romanian minority in Ukraine) or marked by bitter topics such Bystroe Canal or the Krivoi Rog steel factory. However, since the Revolution of Dignity (2014), bilateral relations have improved. Ukraine chose to move towards the West and ditch its soviet past for good. Romania supports Ukraine’s pro-Western orientation and is even the lead-nation for the NATO-Ukraine Trust Fund on Cyber defense. We at ROEC believe it is important to build further on this positive momentum and not allow the future to be the hostage of the past. Which is why we have decided to launch a Ukrainian Studies Program within ROEC.
PROJECT: the program will conduct interdisciplinary research on contemporary aspects pertaining to modern day Ukraine. It will research topics such as energy, economics, foreign policy, ongoing reform, domestic politics and public policies, and recent history. The aim is to generate a new body of knowledge in Romania about Ukraine, to cultivate the interest of a new generation of Romanians towards what is happening in Ukraine today and to overcome old mentalities. This starts by building expertise, by developing academic curiosity, by doing rigorous research & analysis and engaging in extensive fieldwork. Everything that ROEC shall do from now on about Ukraine (event, analysis, initiatives) will fall under the umbrella of this program.
AIM: to close the gap in perceptions, to tackle preconceived ideas, to dismantle stereotypes, to increase awareness and knowledge in Romania about Ukraine by doing what we do best – research and analysis. We hope to connect minds, people, and ideas, to write about topics that are less known in Romania and, in the process, bring our two countries closer together.
- Analysis – briefs, policy and academic papers, research papers, special reports, comments, op-eds;
- Events with a Ukraine focus – round-table, conferences, lectures;
- Summer school;
- Study trips.
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: If you would like to support a future event or the Ukrainian Studies program, please contact Razvan Alexe, VP Development and Corporate Relations at email@example.com
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