Ukraine: Between Scylla and Charybdis

Start: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 2:00 PM
End:   Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3:30 PM

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of 

Ukraine: Between Scylla and Charybdis

with 
Paweł P. Styrna 
Research Assistant, The Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies 

and additional remarks from
Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz
Professor of History, The Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies 

Wednesday, January 15
2:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Please RSVP to sdwyer@iwp.edu.

This lecture is part of a series on the Intermarium region sponsored by the Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies at IWP.

Ukraine--like so many of the other former "captive nations" of the Central and Eastern European Intermarium--faces a choice between Scylla and Charybdis: an increasingly bold and aggressive post-Soviet Russia, and a socialist-liberal EU hostile to the sovereign nation-state. Meanwhile, Obama's America is indifferent to the region, and visions of a CEE geopolitical bloc are stalled and obstructed.

Pawel StyrnaPaweł P. Styrna was born in Zabrze, Poland. His Master of Arts thesis analyzed the attitudes of the American, British, Belgian, Polish, and Soviet press vis-à-vis the Polish-Ukrainian Kiev Offensive against the Bolsheviks in 1920. He is working on a biography of Polish industrialist Leopold Wellisz and has written numerous book reviews for Glaukopis, Sarmatian Review and Najwyższy Czas! He co-editedGolden Harvest or Hearts of Gold? Studies on the Fate of Wartime Poles and Jews(2012) and authored the chapter entitled "The Tale of Two Hamlets: The Case of Wólka-Okrąglik and Gniewczyna." Mr. Styrna is a Eurasia analyst for the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research (SFPPR) and writes the blog Property Polska for the Journal of Property Rights in Transition.

Mr. Styrna was educated at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his Bachelor of Arts and his Master of Arts in modern European history, with minor specializations in Polish and Soviet history. He is currently enrolled in the international relations program at The Institute of World Politics and is a research assistant to the Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies.