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Evolving Dynamics of Societal Security and the Potential for Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

Pages 209-237 | Published online: 30 Jan 2020
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In this essay we argue that changes in political structures in post-Soviet Ukraine have affected the potential for conflict during transition. Relying on organisational theory to determine the potential for conflict in Ukraine, we argue that this potential is structurally determined by the changing character of societal relations within and beyond Ukraine. The potential for conflict was always present in post-Soviet Ukraine, but this essay examines the facts of when, how and why conflict happened, and how it was related to weak state institutions, centre–periphery relations and an unsettled relationship with Russia. Relying on our analytical framework, we conclude that the conditions for further conflict greatly outweigh the conditions for peace.

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David J. Galbreath

David J. Galbreath, University of Bath, Bath, Somerset BA2 7AY, UK. Email:

Tetyana Malyarenko

Tetyana Malyarenko, National University ‘Odesa Academy of Law’, Academichna Street 2, Odesa 65009, Ukraine. Email:

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