Petrach Program on Ukraine

The Petrach Program conducts a large number of activities that improve the understanding of Ukraine in the United States.

William 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.

On November 15, 2018 the institute hosted “The Future of Ukraine: Realities, Risks, and Opportunities: The William Petrach 100th Anniversary Memorial Symposium” in honor of Mr. Petrach.

The Petrach Ukrainian Studies Fellowship

 The Petrach Ukrainian Studies Fellowship brings to the Institute scholars working on contemporary Ukraine in any area of the humanities and social sciences. Fellows will be awarded fellowships from one to four months in duration, either to conduct research or to engage in an intensive write-up of unpublished research that the applicant has already conducted. Applications are open to everyone on a competitive basis. Ukraine-based colleagues are especially encouraged to apply. Find more details on the fellowship as well as application deadlines and instructions on the Petrach Fellowship information page.

Spring 2021 Fellows:

Austin Charron, Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian Civic Nationalism Since 2014: A Postcolonial Approach
Volodoymyr Kulikov, Uses of the Past by Enterprises in Urkaine
Sophie Lambroschini, Not So Local: How the Conflict in Eastern Ukraine Internationalizes Economic Networks, Actors and Practices (2014-2019)
Uliana Movchan, Power-Sharing in the Ukrainian Neo-Patrimonial State: Coexistence or Incompatability?

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 Feigenbaum and 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
Grygoriy Shamborovskyi, Associate Professor, The Comparative Analysis of the Welfare Policy in the Context of the Historical Transformation of the Mega-Regional Trade Blogs: EU, NAFTA, ASEAN, Mercosur and EAEU
Yuriy Prysiazhniuk, Post-graduate Student, US Policy on Alternative Energy, Investment in Solar Energy Aboard, and Export of Liquefied Natural Gas
Maryana Fedun, Associate Professor, The Legal Regulation of Waste Management in the European Union and Ukraine


Beyond the Euromaidain: Comparative Perspectives on Advancing Reform in Ukraine

Edited by Henry Hale and Robert Orttung

Beyond the Euromaidan examines the prospects for advancing reform in Ukraine in the wake of the February 2014 Euromaidan revolution and Russian invasion. It examines six crucial areas where reform is needed: deep internal identity divisions, corruption, the constitution, the judiciary, plutocratic “oligarchs,” and the economy. On each of these topics, the book provides one chapter that focuses on Ukraine’s own experience and one chapter that examines the issue in the broader context of international practice.

Find out more information about Beyond the Euromaidain.


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