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I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University based in New York City, USA. Originally from Ukraine, I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto and held visiting appointments at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. In my recent book, Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017), I examine interactions between nonviolent youth movements and incumbent governments in five post-communist states: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, and Ukraine.

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PhD in Political Science, University of Toronto, Canada

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Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017) At the turn of the twenty-first century, a tide of nonviolent youth movements swept across Eastern Europe. Young people demanded political change in repressive political regimes that emerged since the collapse of communism. The Serbian social movement Otpor (Resistance) played a vital role in bringing down Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. Inspired by Otpor’s example, similar challenger organizations were formed in the former Soviet republics. The youth movements, however, differed in the extent to which they could mobilize citizens against the authoritarian governments on the eve of national elections. This book argues that the movement’s tactics and state countermoves explain, in no small degree, divergent social movement outcomes. Using data from semi-structured interviews with former movement participants, public opinion polls, government publications, non-governmental organization (NGO) reports, and newspaper articles, the book traces state-movement interactions in five post-communist societies: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, and Ukraine.

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