Michael Gove is arguing the UK should be like states that want to join the EU

Michael Gove’s recent speech—the facts of life say leave: why Britain and Europe will be better off after we vote leave—was a call to arms for the Leave campaign to inject the campaign with optimism. Gove wanted to oppose Project Fear and the idea that leaving the EU would make Britain more uncertain and unstable …

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Upcoming Research on Moldova: Strategic Citizenship (Princeton) and Europeanization (Bucharest)

Over the next two weeks, I'll be presenting two new papers on my ongoing research in Moldova: 1. 4 March, New Europe College, Bucharest - Beyond Identity Politics and Geopolitics: Dirty Politics as an Explanation for the Waning of Support for Europeanization in Moldova (with Dan Brett) This paper seeks to explain why support for …

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A Year of Trolling

Late last year, at an event organised by LSE's Grimshaw International Relations Club, I shared my experiences of trolling as evidence of the implication of academics in an form of hybrid war and campaign of discreditation. Identity in #Crimea before the West-backed Banderite #Maidan Putsch overthrew the govt in Kiev they had elected https://t.co/aCTxIt23Da — Mark Sleboda …

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As a Moldovan, it’s not so easy to get Romanian citizenship (and a Romanian/EU passport)

Every so often, a scare article appears in western European media, mostly in the right wing press, claiming that Romania’s citizenship policy in Moldova is allowing thousands to exploit a passport loophole that allows them easy access to live and work in the EU (see Le Monde, Daily Express, Der Spiegel, even BBC News). Just …

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Book Review: Brian Glyn Williams ‘The Crimean Tatars: From Soviet Genocide to Putin’s Conquest’

This book review was originally published on Open Democracy Russia under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International licence. The Crimean Tatar population following Russian annexation is under renewed pressure. As a new history of the community shows, their troubles have many historical precedents—rooted in Russia's first annexation of the peninsula. Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Crimea’s …

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Do Crimeans see themselves as Russian or Ukrainian? It’s complicated.

My research was featured in Monkey Cage from 3 December 2015: Do Crimeans see themselves as Russian or Ukrainian? It’s complicated. I argue, following my journal article in Social Science Quarterly, understanding identity in Crimea needs a more nuanced analysis beyond "ethnic Russian" and "ethnic Ukrainian" categories, to consider what it meant to be Russian in Crimea, …

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Now *Open Access*: What Does it Mean to Be a Kin Majority?

My recent article for Social Science Quarterly, What Does it Mean to Be a Kin Majority? Analyzing Romanian Identity in Moldova and Russian Identity in Crimea from Below, is now open access. You can read and download the article freely on SSQ's website. Abstract: This article investigates what kin identification means from a bottom-up perspective in two kin …

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Identity in Crimea Before Annexation: A Bottom-Up Approach (Video)

As part of the Danyliw 2015 seminar, I spoke on my research unpacking the meaning of Russian identity in Crimea before annexation and the (lack of) sentiments of pro-Russian secession. Videos from other participants in the seminar are also available on Danyliw Seminar's YouTube channel. I summarised the ideas from the presentation in a previous …

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Identity in Crimea Before Annexation: A Bottom-Up Perspective

This week I'll be presenting at the 2015 Danyliw seminar about identity debates in Crimea before Russian annexation of the peninsula in 2014. This blog article, originally posted on Krytyka, discusses the argument of the piece I'll be presented, where I scrutinize existing ways in which Crimea has been framed and argue instead that identity …

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Crimea Before Annexation: Reflections on Writing a ‘History of the Past’

There's a strange feeling that comes with finishing something that has been a bit painful. Writing a thesis is supposed to be hard, but working with data that I gathered in Crimea in 2012 and 2013—when the idea of secession, annexation or even the end of the Yanukovych/Party of Regions regime seemed farcical—has felt particularly acerbic. This …

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