Prof Dr Sergiy Kudelia

Prof Sergiy Kudelia is an associate professor of political science at Baylor University in Texas where he taught since 2012. He received BA in International Relations from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, MA in Political Science from Stanford University and PhD in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University. He has also taught at the universities in Kyiv, Toronto, Greifswald and Washington, DC.

His research interests relate to political regimes, revolutions, institutional change and the outbreak and dynamics of armed conflicts with a focus on Ukraine. He published over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and chapters in academic volumes and co-authored a book “The Strategy of Campaigning: Lessons from Ronald Reagan and Boris Yeltsin” published by the University of Michigan Press. Sergiy Kudelia has also contributed political commentary to international news outlets and prepared policy reports on Ukraine’s domestic and foreign policy.

Contact: sergiy.kudelia@unibas.ch

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Dismantling the State from Below: Intervention, Collaborationism and Resistance in the Armed Conflict in Donbas

The war in Donbas has claimed more than 13,000 lives and left more than 30,000 injured and at least 2.6 million Ukrainians displaced since April 2014. In 2022, this conflict is once again at the centre of a confrontation between Russia and the "West". There can be no lasting solution to the conflict without a thorough understanding of how it began and how it escalated to become a full-scale war.

Our tenth URIS fellow Professor Sergiy Kudelia will explore these questions in greater detail in his current research project "Dismantling the State from Below: Intervention, Collaborationism and Resistance in the Armed Conflict in Donbas" in the 2022 spring semester. In this project he investigates the rise of separatist groups in a number of towns in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in early 2014 and asks how it was that they were able to gain control over these regions.

News articles on Russia's War on Ukraine

Sergiy Kudelia regularly publishes articles and assessments on Russia's full scale invasion in Ukraine. With different perspectives, he casts different, global spotlights on the conflict.

  • "Dann könnte Putin angreifen, obwohl das nicht sein Plan"
    Sergiy Kudelia and Prof. Lars-Erik Cederman (Professor of International Conflict Studies at ETH Zurich) analyze the communication and rhetoric of the conflicting parties currently struggling for a solution in the Ukraine crisis. Tamedia, 16.02.2022

Teaching at the University of Basel

In his course "Democracy and Autocracy in Ukraine in Post-Soviet Context" (Monday, 12.15h–14.00h, Department of History) Sergiy Kudelia will join students in exploring the development of the political system and looking at identity politics and election campaigns since Ukraine's independence. In the context of the different states and empires to which the various regions once belonged, the class will consider the significance of this political and cultural "heritage" for present-day Ukraine. The course will focus on the national and regional politics of Ukraine, on patterns of internal political competition, and on forms of mass political mobilisation (e.g. Orange and Euromaidan Revolutions). Finally, the role and influence of Western and Russian actors on political developments in Ukraine will be explored.

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Our URIS fellow Prof Sergiy Kudelia will join students in the spring semester 2022 in exploring the development of the political system and looking at identity politics and election campaigns since Ukraine's independence.

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