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Democracy in Ukraine Thirty Years After the Soviet Collapse

December 8, 2021 11:00 am - 7:30 pm

Location: In person and streaming via Zoom

For decades, the Soviet Union was an authoritarian force in a polarized world. After the political transitions of the 1990s, democracy seemed to finally prevail; however, thirty years later it is in peril across the globe as several traditionally democratic countries have fallen victim to authoritarian backsliding.

The political landscape changed forever on December 1, 1991, when Ukraine held a referendum on its independence from the Soviet Union, garnering overwhelming support from tens of millions of its citizens. This was the pivotal moment that paved the way for the signing of the Belavezha Accords on December 8, 1991, and the final collapse of the USSR.

On the 30th anniversary of this historic event, join us to examine and rethink Ukraine’s past and plan for its future as a democratic stronghold in Eastern Europe.

Plus, enjoy a special screening of the docuseries COLLAPSE: How Ukrainians Destroyed the Evil Empire.


Opening Remarks

Panel 1: The Soviet Collapse and the Collapse of Democratic Promise

Panel 2: How Did Ukraine Transition into a Democracy?

Screening of the docuseries COLLAPSE: How Ukrainians Destroyed the Evil Empire

COLLAPSE is a seven-episode docuseries and political thriller that explores the decay of the Soviet Union in its last months. The series brings the Ukrainian perspective into the global narrative for the first time, along with recently unclassified details from the CIA and KGB archives.

Q&A with Filmmakers


In person and streaming via Zoom
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December 8, 2021, 11:00 am