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

David Galbreath, Tetyana Malyarenko

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-237
Number of pages29
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Issue number2
Early online date30 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2020


  • Ukraine
  • Security
  • conflict
  • Donbas
  • Conflict Potential

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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