Derek Fraser

Derek Fraser is an associate fellow at the Centre for Global Studies and adjunct professor for political science at the University of Victoria. He was posted to Ukraine as ambassador from 1998 – 2001.

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Putin’s predictable election

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Putin’s predictable election

At press time in early March, it appeared that victory by Russian President Vladimir Putin in this spring’s election was a certainty. The candidates allowed to run against him were figureheads. Putin had ample use of official resources for campaigning. His officials counted the ballots. What remained to be seen was the size of the […]

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Putin’s plan for the west

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Putin’s plan for the west

According to press reports, U.S. President Donald Trump, in his desire for reconciliation with Russia, was initially considering removing sanctions on Russia and recognizing a Russian zone of influence in Eastern Europe. In fact, Trump might not have achieved reconciliation through such measures. What Russia seeks is more than a zone of influence: It wants […]

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A false spring?

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
A false spring?

Since the end of the year, there has been a shift in tone in Russian-Ukrainian relations. At Russia’s initiative, talks on the conflict in the Donbas between representatives of Russia, Russian-supported rebels, Ukraine, the EU, and now the U.S., have become more intensive. For two of the key negotiations, President Vladimir Putin has replaced officials […]

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Understanding Ukraine

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Understanding Ukraine

The political crisis that led to the downfall of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych stemmed from Ukraine’s inability to make a permanent transition to a stable democracy since it became independent in 1991. To understand this difficulty, we must examine three factors: Ukraine’s history, the role of the EU and the influence of Russia. The transition […]

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