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'UKRAINE IS NOT YET DEAD': Religion, Pluralism and Geopolitics in Eurasia Conference


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Friday, October 16, 2020, 9:45am – 4:30pm

Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law, and Diplomacy Annual Conference . . . . For list of panels and speakers please go to:…

“Ukraine is not yet dead”—so runs the opening line of Ukraine’s traditional national anthem, reflecting Ukraine’s long struggle to assert its own identity in the face of opposition. Although these words were written in the 19th century, they continue to reflect the harsh realities facing Ukraine. Located at a geopolitical crossroads, Ukraine faces a myriad of challenges, including an ongoing undeclared war with Russia. The effects of Russia-Ukraine tensions are global, though, reverberating from Washington, to Brussels, to Ankara.. . Religion plays a critical, yet often overlooked, role in the domestic and international politics of Ukraine. Understanding the religious dimension of Ukraine’s challenges is crucial to clarifying the possibilities for peace in the region. In particular, the 2018 establishment of an autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine, independent of the Russia Orthodox Church, was an event of historic magnitude. Its impact is still unfolding, with profound implications for international security, religious pluralism, and identity formation. This conference will be an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the history and significance of religion in Ukraine, as well as the ongoing issues at the intersection of religion, pluralism, and security.. .

Event Organizer: Francois Venne (