Areas of Expertise:
  • Ukraine
  • Eastern Europe

Taras Kuzio

Taras Kuzio is a Toronto-based leading international expert on contemporary Ukrainian and post-communist politics, nationalism and European integration at the Centre for Political and Regional Studies, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta and Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR), School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. Taras Kuzio has been a political consultant to governments and legal and business consultant to the private sector on legal and economic questions. In 2010-2012, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan and an inaugural Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham and Adjunct Research Professor, Institute for European and Russian Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa.

Taras Kuzio has also served as Head of Mission of the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Geopolitics, History, and International Relations and Demokratizatsiya and the author and editor of fifteen books, including Commissars into Oligarchs. A Contemporary History of Ukraine (forthcoming 2014), Open Ukraine. Changing Course towards a European Future (2011), Democratic Revolution in Ukraine (2011), From Kuchmagate to Orange Revolution (2009) and Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives on Nationalism (2007). He has authored five think tank monographs, including The Crimea: Europe’s Next Flashpoint? (2010) and EU and Ukraine: a turning point in 2004? (2003) and guest edited six special issues of Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, East European Politics and Society, Nationalities Papers and Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics. Taras Kuzio received a BA in Economics from the University of Sussex, an MA in Soviet and Eastern European Studies from the University of London and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham, England. He was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Yale University.