Dr. Nadia Diuk presents a view from the United States on Ukraine’s shift from democracy
The Ukrainian Institute in London hosted a talk by Dr. Nadia Diuk, Vice President at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC, entitled Ukraine’s Drift from Democracy: a View from the United States. The event, which took place on Wednesday, April 4th, was co-organised by the Oxford University Ukrainian Society.
Dr. Diuk focused on the current perceptions of Ukraine as seen from Washington and provided an excellent overview of the present political situation in Ukraine. She also highlighted the role of civil society and civic groups in Ukraine today, and the part they have played in fortifying democratic processes.
Since 1992, the US has provided $1.7 billion worth of technical and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.
Nadia Diuk serves as Vice President of Programs for Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a private nonprofit organisation funded by the U.S. Congress to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. For over twenty years prior to her appointment as Vice President, she supervised NED programs in what was then known as Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union—a complex region where most democrats could work only underground. She developed programs and strategies for this region through the period of the first free elections of 1989-92, up to the present time of the transitions to independence in the new states of Eurasia as well as assisting those democrats who continue to work in authoritarian countries in that region.
Prior to her appointment at the NED, Dr. Diuk taught Soviet Politics and Russian History; was a research associate at the Society for Central Asian Studies, United Kingdom; and editor-in-chief of the London-based publication Soviet Nationality Survey. Her publications include two co-authored books The Hidden Nations: The People Challenge the Soviet Union (New York: William Morrow, 1990) and New Nations Rising: The Fall of the Soviets and the Challenge of Independence (John Wiley & Sons, 1993) and the recently published The Next Generation in Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan: Youth, Politics, Identity and Change (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, The Washington Times, Journal of Democracy, Orbis, The World and I, Azerbaijan International, and in the Russian Journal of Public Opinion. She has appeared on CNN International, National Empowerment TV, and Worldnet TV. Her radio interviews have included National Public Radio, BBC, Voice of America, and Radio Liberty. She has been interviewed by Russian radio and is a frequent commentator on Ukraine’s Channel 5 TV. She has given testimony on Capitol Hill before the House International Relations Committee.
Dr. Diuk was the first Ukrainian female to ever receive a PhD from Oxford University.