The journal “Agora” of the Kennan Institute’s Kyiv office announces a call for papers for the special issue “Ukraine and Israel: Lessons in Modernization and Democracy.”

This issue will analyze the history of the Ukrainian-Israeli partnership and the lessons in transformation that Israel can offer Ukraine in such spheres as democratization, modernization, economic reforms, institution building, effective state governance and the formation of the national army, civil control of law enforcement agencies, industrial innovation, and startups in the sectors of IT, agriculture, tourism, education, and culture.

Israel has built a democratic state and achieved political and economic stability despite having limited natural resources and facing constant security threats. It has also become the world leader in attracting investors and venture capital and today is a high-profile player in the fields of innovation and industrialization. The country has achieved high rates in educational attainment and growth in new technologies. According to Bloomberg’s Innovation Index, Israel has the highest number of researchers and IT-companies per capita of developed economies.

The papers appearing in this issue of “Agora” will be presented at public roundtables at Odesa State University, the Ukrainian Catholic University, and the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” in October-November 2017.

Articles and applications for participation are accepted until July 1, 2017. Authors of the most interesting papers as judged by the Review Committee will be awarded funds to help defray travel and meeting expenses.

The articles may cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • 25 years of Ukrainian-Israeli diplomatic relations: problems and perspectives
  • Civil society and the construction of democratic institutes in Israel
  • Collaboration between Israel and Ukraine in the fields of culture, national memory, and education
  • Cultural diplomacy and the image of Ukraine in Israel before and after Euromaidan
  • The role of the Israeli Defense Forces in modern Israeli society
  • Innovation and new technologies as key factors in Israel’s success
  • Israel’s economic and social policies and how they might apply in Ukraine
  • Prospects for Israeli-Ukrainian cooperation in the spheres of business, agriculture, medicine, and ecology

The editorial board also welcomes book reviews on these topics.

Submission Requirements: language: Ukrainian or English; abstract in Ukrainian and English (up to 100 words) at the beginning of the article; key words in two languages. Paper size: A4. Format: Word, typeface Times New Roman, font size 14 point, line spacing 1,5; all indents 20 mm; paragraph 1,25; without end-of-line hyphenation. Footnotes: bottom of relevant page. Maximum limit: 20,000 characters (with spaces).

 Review Committee:

Dr. Vitaly Chernoivanenko, President of the Ukrainian Association for Jewish Studies, chief editor of Judaica Ukrainica, coordinator of the NaUKMA’s Master in Jewish Studies Program

Dr. Semyon GoldinThe  Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Professor Yaroslav Hrytsak, Lviv Catholic University, Director of the Jewish Studies Center

Dr. Oleksandr Potiekhin, major researcher, Institute of World History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Dr. Kateryna Smagliy, Director, Kennan Institute’s Kyiv office

Dr. Kateryna Zarembo, Deputy Director of the Institute of World Policy, Kyiv, Ukraine

Materials should be sent to the Kennan Institute’s Kyiv office at, with «Agora_19» in the subject line.

Call for Papers: “Ukraine and Israel: Lessons of Modernization and Democracy”

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