Ukraine Archive

  • Creating hope: perspectives on reporting from Russia’s war in Ukraine

    Creating hope: perspectives on reporting from Russia’s war in Ukraine

    The following article appeared in N3 Magazine, the magazine/website for the annual conference of the Asian American Journalists Association.  “On February 24, all journalists in Ukraine had to become war reporters,” says Ivan Verstyuk, editor of New Voice of Ukraine. “Before that, all of us had different beats. Some of us were writing about politics, […]

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  • Why is China’s English disinformation still so crude?

    Why is China’s English disinformation still so crude?

    The following article appeared in today’s Taipei Times: The comment arrived shortly after I’d posted the link on Facebook. The article, which was my first for Taiwan Business TOPICS, the magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan, was about burgeoning trade between Taiwan and Lithuania. Accompanied by the profile picture of an attractive […]

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  • Taiwan and Ukraine: parallels, divergences and potential lessons

    Taiwan and Ukraine: parallels, divergences and potential lessons

    The following piece appeared in the June issue of Global Asia. In the preface to her 2004 work Visible Ghosts, Li Ang explains how the spectral dreamscape that her characters inhabit symbolizes Taiwan. “Such a ghost island is borderless and not a country, and its voices are outside the center of the grand national body and […]

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  • Why Taiwan can’t copy Ukraine’s civil defense blueprint

    Why Taiwan can’t copy Ukraine’s civil defense blueprint

    The following article went live on The Diplomat website today.  Ukraine’s successful deployment of Territorial Defense Forces (TDF) has brought renewed focus to the possibility of creating a similar military reserve in Taiwan. Yet, much of this discussion has ignored the constitutionality of such a move. A March 15 commentary in War on the Rocks […]

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  • Toward a healthier information environment in Taiwan

    Toward a healthier information environment in Taiwan

    The following piece appeared in today’s Taipei Times: What lessons can Taiwan learn from the disinformation campaigns that have surrounded the war in Ukraine? At an Amnesty International Taiwan event in Taipei on Wednesday night, four speakers offered compelling insights into this and related questions. One of the main takeaways was the observation that disinformation […]

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  • Amidst Ukraine’s broad steppes: three views from a warzone

    Amidst Ukraine’s broad steppes: three views from a warzone

    The following piece appeared in today’s Taipei Times: It wasn’t until 7am that Masha Gorenkova realized something serious was up. The first explosion had woken her at 4:30am, and several more had occurred in the interim; but like most of the neighbors in her Kyiv apartment block, she hadn’t twigged. Given the tone of inevitability […]

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  • Tears, disbelief, and solidarity as Taiwan’s Ukrainians speak out

    Tears, disbelief, and solidarity as Taiwan’s Ukrainians speak out

    The following article appeared in today’s Taipei Times:  Solidarity and steadfastness. These qualities were evident among Ukrainians long before missiles began pulverizing their cities early Thursday morning. They were on display again on Friday and Saturday in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義), where hundreds of people gathered outside the building housing the Russian representative office. Ukrainians […]

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