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Democracy Paradox
Dec 20, 2022
Olga Onuch and Henry Hale Describe the Zelensky Effect
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I just want to say that I don't think Zelensky has changed Ukraine. He amplified it. He mirrored what was already there in his time as an actor and comedian. He tried to show the realities and positions of ordinary Ukrainians as they saw them themselves and he then amplifies that and emphasizes that as a Ukrainian.

Olga Onuch

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Olga Onuch is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester. Henry E. Hale is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. They are the authors of a new book called The Zelensky Effect.

Key Highlights

  • Introduction - 0:44
  • The Maidan and the Independence Generation - 2:59
  • Zelensky's Origins - 9:19
  • The Zelensky Effect - 23:05
  • The Future of Ukraine - 33:11

Key Links

The Zelensky Effect by Olga Onuch and Henry E. Hale

"Why Ukrainians Are Rallying Around Democracy" by Olga Onuch in the Journal of Democracy

Learn more about Olga Onuch

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Jessica Pisano on How Zelenskyy Changed Ukraine

Lucan Way on Ukraine. Democracy in Hard Places.

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