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The George Washington University

Bucerius Pre-Doctoral Grant

Civic and Reform-Generating? Causes and Consequences of Recent Mass Protests in Ukraine, Moldova, and Armenia


The project aims to explain why Ukraine’s Euromaidan (2014) and Armenia’s Velvet Revolution (2018) succeeded in deposing the corrupt incumbents, while a similar attempt failed to generate any significant political change in Moldova (2015). The project will ascertain and compare the emotional and informational effects of the trigger events that mobilized hundreds of thousands of people in Ukraine and Armenia but not in Moldova. As revolutions of civic dignity, seemingly organized from below, the events in Ukraine and Armenia also pose questions of how citizens and their associations can participate in reform-making. Therefore, the project will also look at how the Euromaidan and the Velvet Revolution have been affecting such participation and the outcomes of the reforms.

Stas Gorelik is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at the George Washington University. His research interest includes authoritarianism and democratization, structural economic and political reforms, as well as ethnic conflicts. They are all still relevant in the post-Soviet countries, which is his area of focus. As a native Belarusian, he speaks Belarusian, Russian, and understands Ukrainian.  Stas received a specialist degree from Belarusian State University and a Master’s Degree from Karlstad University in Sweden.

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