William and Helen Petrach Program on Ukraine

The IERES Petrach Program conducts a large number of activities that improve the understanding of Ukraine in Washington and in the broader American and international contexts.


A major ongoing project brings together scholars from Washington, the US and Canada, the EU, and Ukraine to study the evolution of state-building and reform efforts in Ukraine over twenty years of independence since 1991. The goal is to determine the factors that facilitate reform and those that hinder it. This multi-disciplinary collaborative effort will contribute to the academic literature on political and economic change and offer practical advice on how to make reform more successful.

This project sponsored a major international workshop examining reform prospects in Ukraine in November 2011. A follow-up workshop, funded by an Elliott School SOAR grant, took place in June 2013. It will contribute to the literature on Ukraine by producing new research results on Ukraine and putting these into a much broader comparative perspective. This project will result in an edited volume and specific policy advice for key officials in Ukraine and the US.

Full-time faculty publishing major works on Ukraine in recent years include Henry Hale (World PoliticsJournal of Democracy), Robert Orttung (Freedom House), and Sharon Wolchik (World Politics).


IERES’s journal Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization produced a special issue on Ukraine (Spring 2013), which included the following articles:
Serhiy Kudelia, “If Tomorrow Comes: Power Balance and Time Horizons in Ukraine’s Constitutional Politics”
Nadia Diuk, “Youth as an Agent for Change: The Next Generation in Ukraine”
Susan Stewart, “Public Procurement Reform in Ukraine: The Implications of Neopatrimonialism for External Actors”
Taras Kuzio, “Yushchenko versus Tymoshenko: Why Ukraine’s National Democrats Are Divided”
Tanya Zaharchenko, “Polyphonic Dichotomies: Memory and Identity in Today’s Ukraine”
Mykola Riabchuk, “Why We Speak Like That: Ambiguous Discourses of an Ambivalent Transition”
Emmanuelle Armandon, “Popular Assessments of Ukraine’s Relations with Russia and the European Union under Yanukovych”

Additionally, the journal will publish in July 2013:
Serhij Vasylchenko, “The Negative Consequences of Proportional Representation in Ukraine”
Olena Rybiy, “Party System Institutionalization in Ukraine”

Recent PONARS Eurasia Policy Memos
Serhiy Kudelia, “The Price of Brotherly Love: What Will Russia Lose from Integrating Ukraine?”
Arkady Moshes, “Will Ukraine Join (and Save) the Eurasian Customs Union?”
Arkady Moshes, “Will Europe Walk Away from Ukraine?”
Volodymyr Dobovyk, “Ukraine and the United States: Assessing their Relationship on the Eve of the Elections”
Oleksandr Fisun, “Electoral Laws and Patronage Politics in Ukraine”
Olexey Haran, “Polarizing the Country? Yanukovych’s Authoritarian Game between Russia and the EU on the Eve of Ukraine’s 2012 Parliamentary Elections”

PONARS Eurasia held an academic workshop in November 2012 in Kyiv, in collaboration with the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation.  Participants presented 15 working papers on regional comparative politics and foreign policy. The program also hosted a well-attended public seminar, “What Now? Politics and Foreign Policy in Contemporary Ukraine,” as well as hosting meetings with Ukrainian government officials.

Additionally, the PONARS Eurasia program sponsored a 2010 Workshop in Odessa and a 2010 Washington Workshop with speakers Olexiy Haran (University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy) and Oleksandr Sushko (Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv).

Faculty Exchange with Ivan Franko National University of Lviv

IERES has a regular faculty and graduate student exchange program with the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. In recent years GW faculty Harvey Feigenbaumand Sharon Wolchik visited Lviv and several Lviv faculty members have come to IERES, including:

Roman Moskalyk , associate professor, “Strategies of Multinational Negotiations and Policy Advocacy: Lessons for Ukraine”
Iryna Yeleyko, associate professor, Faculty of International Relations, “The impact of policy on labor migration in North America”
Yuriy Kyrylych, Ph.D. student, “Problems of uneven socio-economic development in the world under globalization”
Liliya Ukraynets, associate professor, “The Evolution of the Relationships in the US-India-China Triangle in the Context of Globalization”  

Visiting Scholars

Serhiy Kudelia, assistant professor of Political Science at Baylor University, “Ukraine’s Institutions”
Olena Rybiy, junior research scholar, I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, “The Algorithm of Institutional Analysis, as Applied to Political Institutions in Ukraine”
Alexandr Osipian, associate professor of history at Kramatorsk Institute of Economics and Humanities, NCEEER Carnegie Research Fellow, “Uses of History and Regional Diversity in Ukraine’s Elections, 2004-2010: The Failed Reforms in a Divided Society”
Oleksandr Sukhodolia, Fulbright Scholar, National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, “Energy Security of Ukraine: Geopolitics, Economics, and Governance”  


Iryna Yeleyko, Ivan Franko National University, Lviv, “International Labor Migration and Migration Policy”
Tanya Zaharchenko
, University of Cambridge, “Understanding Polyphony: Ukraine’s Fluid Identity/ies”
Serhiy Kudelia, Baylor University, “Ukraine: Democracy in Danger,” co-sponsored with the National Endowment for Democracy
Olga Onuch, Oxford University, “When ‘Ordinary People’ Join In: Understanding Moments of Mass Mobilization in Argentina (2001), Egypt (2011), and Ukraine (2004)”
Taras Kuzio, “Ukraine’s 2012 Parliamentary Elections”
Roman Moskalyk, Ivan Franko National University, “Strategies of Multinational Negotiations and Policy Advocacy: Ukraine’s Experience”
Marlene Laruelle, IERES, “Xenophobia and Labor Migration: A New Paradigm for Framing Identity Debates in Ukraine?”

Other Projects

IERES also cooperates with North American organizations dedicated to Ukraine, including hosting the 2010 annual alumni conference of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program (CUPP) and co-hosting a dinner with the US-Ukraine Business Council for IERES’s 2010 workshop on the Ukrainian presidential elections.

Ivan Franko National University in L’viv, Ukraine

Ukraine’s economic and political transition since 1991 exemplifies the challenges and opportunities that face the countries of the former Soviet Union. The 2004 “Orange Revolution” drew renewed attention to Ukraine and the Institute has sponsored numerous events that have analyzed and discussed Ukraine’s recent political changes and its relations with Europe and Russia. As Ukraine’s future continues to take shape, the Institute, with the generous support of the Petrach Endowment, will help bring clarity to the complicated transition in Ukraine.

Mr. Petrach was born in Dobrotvir, Poland (now Ukraine) and served successively in the Polish, Soviet and Czech armies against the Germans in World War II. He twice escaped from German prisoner-of-war camps and was also imprisoned in the Soviet Gulag for three years. Mr. Petrach graduated from L’viv State University in 1939 and taught as an assistant professor from 1945-1948 at Bacumov College in Czechoslovakia. He moved to Canada in 1948, and met his future wife, Helen, while visiting relatives in the United States. While Helen worked as a librarian at the Library of New York Academy of Medicine, Mr. Petrach obtained a position with the National Security Agency as an instructor of advanced Slavic languages. On retirement he received a medal citing his “outstanding” and “dedicated service to the Government of the United States, 1965-1993.” After Helen’s retirement, she took an interest in the stock market and was very successful. Mr. Petrach created “The William and Helen Petrach Endowment for Ukrainian Exchanges and Programs” at the George Washington University in her memory.


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