Prof Dr Mykhailo Minakov

Mykhailo Minakov studied philosophy at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. After completing his PhD (2000) and postdoctoral thesis (2007), he taught there as professor of philosophy and political science. Since 2018 Minakov has held the position of Senior Advisor at the Kennan Institute (Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, Washington DC). He taught as a visiting professor at Viadrina European University in Frankfurt (Oder) until March 2019.

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Research Project

"Politics and ideology of the "Peoples’ Republics" of Donetsk and Lugansk". The research project “Secessionism in Ukraine” by our former URIS fellow could not be more topical.

Prof Minakov takes an interdisciplinary approach in his research and teaching, combining political analysis with political philosophy. His research interest focuses on the reasons, promises and consequences of the crisis-ridden 1990s, the power of the oligarchs and the origin and consequences of the Orange Revolution in 2004 and the Euromaidan in 2013/14 in Ukraine.

Following its dissolution in 1991, fifteen new, internationally recognised states emerged on the territory of the USSR. Meanwhile, the status of four small new “de facto states” in the Southern Caucasus and bordering Moldova – Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Transnistria – remains contested. Nor have the so-called “Peoples’ Republics” of Donetsk and Lugansk in the east of Ukraine been internationally recognised.

In his current research project, Mykhailo Minakov is investigating which ideologies and political practices connect these six Eastern European de facto states, and what consequences the striving for autonomy in the territories of Donetsk and Lugansk has for the stability of present-day Ukraine.

Teaching at the University of Basel

In his course at the University of Basel “Political History of Contemporary Ukraine (1991–2019)”, Prof. Minakov discussed with students the political challenges facing Ukraine since gaining independence in 1991. How have democracy, the economy and national sovereignty developed? What role is and was played here by the legacy of more than 70 years of the Communist experiment? Why have there been repeated popular uprisings in Ukraine during the past 18 years, and what consequences did these have for the political development of the country?

Recent Publications

Upcoming Events with Mykhailo Minakov

In the autumn semester of 2021, URIS will offer an online lecture series on the history, politics, society and culture of Ukraine. Don't miss it!

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