Dr. Aaron T. Walter is an Assistant Professor of European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ss. Cyril & Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia, and adjunct professor of International Relations at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Additionally, he is an international editor for the Slovak Journal of Political Science.
Abdullah Al Yusuf is a Brigadier General of Bangladesh Army and a Rotary Peace Fellow earning Masters in Peace Studies from International Christian University, Japan. He previously had the field experience of serving in two United Nations peacekeeping missions – in Haiti and in DR Congo. His research interests are: refugees, migrants, and stateless people.
Agnieszka Legucka, PhD habil. in security science, is an expert at the Polish Institute of International Affairs in post-Soviet security issues and Russian foreign policy. Interested also in the European Union East policy, EU relations with Ukraine and South Caucasus. She is the author of several publications about international relations and security problems in the post-Soviet space. Works at Vistula University.
Alexandru C. Apetroe
Alexandru C. Apetroe is a PhD Candidate at Babe?-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He has a BA in Law (Al. I. Cuza University of Ia?i) and a BA in European Studies (Babe?-Bolyai University) with a joint MA in Political Science at Babe?-Bolyai University and MA in Public Policies at Universit? Paris-Est Cr?teil. His main research interests range from national identity and nationalism to international relations and security studies.
Ana Isabel Xavier has a PhD in International Relations (Coimbra, 2011). Since 2013, she has acted as an invited Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at NOVA University of Lisbon (Portugal). Research Fellow in IPRI – Portuguese Institute of International Relations, her main publications are on European security and defence, military studies and International Organisations. She was a German Marshall Fund fellow in 2015/2016 and a fellow of the 2013 SUSI Institute on US National Security Policymaking
Anastasiia Gerasymchuk is assistant to the editor-in-chief of UA: Ukraine Analytica. She is also an affiliated member of the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”. Her main research interests are Middle East security problems, international conflicts studies, Ukrainian foreign policy. Anastasiia Gerasymchuk studied International Relations at Odesa National University
Anastasiya Nurzhynska, communications specialist focused on information campaigns for social change, Assistant Professor at the Department of Communications, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine). Over 15 years of experience with the UN, EU, World Bank, and others in Europe, Balkans, Africa, and Asia to promote gender equality and governmental reforms, support conflict resolution and behaviour change on social issues. Developing and delivering university courses for students, training for professionals, and online courses on strategic communications and PR
Andras Racz defended his Ph.D. in Modern History in 2008 at the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary. In 2014-2016, he was a senior research fellow of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki. Since his return to Hungary, he has been an associate professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Sciences of the Pazmany Peter Catholic University and non-resident research fellow of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute operating in Tallinn. His fields of expertise are the security and defence policy issues of the post-Soviet region, as well as relations of Russia and Central Europe.
The Executive Director of the Centre for Global Studies “Strategy XXI”, a NGO, specializing in energy security and energy policy studies. Fellow of Goerdeler College for Good Governance, WEASA and Think Visegrad, the author of numerous articles on the issues of energy sector developments. Research interests include transparency of energy sector, energy policy, energy security and energy efficiency.
Andrii Klymenko, head of the Monitoring Group of the Institute for Black Sea Strategic Studies, chief editor at www.blackseanews.net.
Advisory Board member of the Institute for Social and Economic Studies in Kyiv and the leading researcher at the National Institute of Strategic Studies. He used to be a Ukrainian diplomat in 1986-2014, serving at different posts abroad, including Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-2008) and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the European Union (2008-2010) and holding the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
Andriy Voynarovsky, PhD, is a senior specialist at the Professional Development Center of the Hennadii Udovenko Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine at the MFA of Ukraine. His research interests include diplomatic history, digital diplomacy, and Ukraine’s role in the Baltic-Black Sea area.
is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Director at Central Asia Institute for Strategic Studies and Senior Lecturer at German-Kazakh University. She graduated with a major in American Studies and holds a master’s degree in Central Asia Security Studies. She is an alumnus of the European George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies (Garmisch-Partenkirchen), Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (Honolulu), Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Institute (Moscow). She has more than 30 academic articles, as well as 100 media articles and comments on security issues. She was awarded with a special National Anniversary Medal ‘20 years of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan’ for contribution to the social harmony in the country and unity of the people of Kazakhstan, promotion of Kazakhstan experience of peace and harmony abroad and development of mutually beneficial and friendly relations between the people of Kazakhstan and other nationals as well as with the Certificate of Honor from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Artem Fylypenko is a Director of the Danube-Black Sea region Department at the National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Ukraine. He is a journalist and a historian. The author of about 30 books and academic publications on the history of Moldovan Republic, the Moldovan-Ukrainian relations, the economy of the Ukrainian Black Sea area. He has also served previously as a press-secretary of the Governor of Odessa region and as a director of the information agency “Kontext-Prichernomorye”.
Balkan Devlen is Associate Professor and Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow in the Department of Political Science at University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on the role of individual leaders in foreign policy, the future of international order, and political warfare. He was a Black Sea Young Reformers Fellow in 2012. For more information on his research visit www.balkandevlen.com
Barbora Maronkova serves as the Director of NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine since 01 March 2017. She joined NATO in September 2006 as a program manager of public diplomacy programs in the Western Balkans. She also worked in NATO Press Office and became an Acting Head of Press and Media Section. Prior to her joining NATO, she established and headed a Slovak-based Centre for European and North-Atlantic Affairs
Christine Karelska is an alumna of the College of Europe in Natolin and the Democracy Study Centre in Kyiv. Her main specialisation is the European Neighbourhood Policy. Currently, Christine is a student at the East European Multiparty Democracy School and an intern-analyst of the Public Association “Community Associations” in Odesa. Her main academic spheres of interest are security studies, international relations, and local governance
Colonel Hennadiy Kovalenko is a staff officer at the Strategic Allied Command Transformation HQ, Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated from the Kharkiv Air Force Military Institute (1996) and the National Defence Academy of Ukraine (2005). He completed the Joint Command and General Staff Course at the Baltic Defence College (2004), as well as graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies (2014). In 2015, Colonel Kovalenko earned his MA in International Security and Strategy at King’s College London, and completed his scholarship at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (2018). Currently, he is attending Professional Doctorate Programme at the Cardiff Metropolitan University. Colonel Kovalenko has been serving in various positions in the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine as well as in the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. From the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict, he had been deployed in the operation area in different capacities; in addition, he was responsible for coordinating international support within the framework of the Multinational Joint Commission of Military Cooperation and Defence Reform.
Daniel Gheorghe is an Expert at the Centre for Israeli Studies at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) in Bucharest, Romania. He has a BA in Political Science and MA in Security and Diplomacy, both at SNSPA. His main research interests cover topics related to security, EU relations with EU non-members, and European Neighbourhood.
Dmytro Poble is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of International Relations, Political Science, and Sociology at Odessa Mechnikov National University. Prior to his academic career, he has served at the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, following positions of Ukrainian Consul to Libya and to Jordan, as well as Foreign Trade Director and Deputy Director-General at the Governor’s office in Odessa region. D. Poble graduated from Moscow Military Institute for Foreign Languages and has been employed for more than 15 years as an interpreter in different Arab countries
Dovil? ?ukyt? is a Policy Analyst at the Eastern Europe Studies Center in Vilnius. She also serves as a Steering Committee Member of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. Previously, ?ukyt? was a Research Fellow for the New European Democracies Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Her research interests include Russian foreign policy as well as democratization and reform in the Eastern Partnership countries, among other issues.
Loredana Simionov, PhD, is a researcher at the Centre for European Studies within Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi. She has a PhD in Economics and International Affairs, having as main research interests the post-Soviet space, particularly Russian politics and society, the EU’s relations with Russia and the Eastern European neighbours. Furthermore, she has been involved in over 10 national and international research projects, both as a team member and as a coordinator.
Margarita Mironova, PhD, associate professor at the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. The main research focus is European integration, EU foreign policy, and transatlantic relations.
Oleksandr Mishyn, PhD, assistant professor at the Department of International Regional Studies at the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, co-founder of Center for Africa Studies
Yurii Vdovenko, PhD, Deputy Chairman of the Board at the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”, member of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum in 2016-2017. Graduated from Chernihiv National Technological University – Finance; and European Humanities University, the Center for Advanced Studies and Education (CASE) – Social Transformation in the Western Eurasia Border Region ? Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. Yurii has more than 90 scientific, analytical, and popular articles. His fields of interest are European integration, cross-border cooperation, local economic development, public-private partnership.
Andrei Iovu holds a PhD in Constitutional Law from the Moldova State University and a master’s degree from the University College of London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). Andrei was a consultant for the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and researcher at the Institute for Public Policy in the Republic of Moldova. Andrei works closely with government institutions, civil society, and international organisations on the integration of Moldovan society, European integration process, and democratisation.
Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, PhD, is an associate professor of International Relations and the director of the Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University (Turkey). He has previously served in a number of policy and academic positions including at the EU Institute for Security Studies, Paris; the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, Athens; the Hellenic Observatory at the London School of Economics; the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the International Center for Black Sea Studies, Athens; and the University of the Aegean, Rhodes. He is an associate editor of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (SSCIindexed) and a member of the Advisory Boards of the Black Sea Trust, Bucharest; the International Institute for Peace, Vienna; the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey, Istanbul; and UA: Ukraine Analytica.
Dr. Donnacha O Beachain is Associate Professor at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University where he lectures on post-Soviet politics, Irish studies, foreign policy and unrecognised states. He is currently lead researcher in the €3.6 million FP7/Marie Curie Initial Training Network in Post-Soviet Tensions (http://postsoviet.eu) and the €3.8 million Horizon2020 project on the Caspian region (http://caspianet.eu). During 2011-12, he was awarded a major grant by Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs Conflict Resolution Unit to lead a research team to examine the role of the OSCE and EU in the post-Soviet protracted conflicts. Recent books include ‘The Colour Revolutions in the Former Soviet Republics: Successes and Failures’ (with Abel Polese, Routledge), Destiny of the Soldiers: Fianna F?il, Irish Republicanism and the IRA 1926-1973, (Gill and Macmillan), Life in Post-Communist Eastern Europe After EU Membership (with Vera Sheridan and Sabina Stan, Routledge) and Political Communication in Ireland (with Mark O’Brien, Liverpool University Press)
Ihor Lossovskyi, Ph.D., is currently a Deputy Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna (OSCE, IAEA, CTBTO, NSG, UNIDO, UNODC, and others). He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in 1993 and, amongst other positions, was the Consul General of Ukraine in Toronto, Canada, Ambassador of Ukraine to Malaysia, and Ambassador at Large with the Ukrainian MFA. Dr. Lossovskyi has M.Sc. degree from T.Shevchenko Kyiv National University (1980) and MPA degree from Ukraine National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (2006). In 1989, he obtained a Ph.D. from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is also a graduate of G. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany (1997, Course on European Security and Defense Economy) and of Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government (1997, National Security Program). Dr. Lossovskyi is the author of some 80 research articles and three books in the field of international relations, regional security, foreign policy of Ukraine and Russia, Asia-Pacific affairs, etc.
Khrystyna Holynska, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Kyiv School of Economics (Department of Public Administration). She serves as an expert for the reforms monitoring project iMoRe of VoxUkraine. Since 2017, she has been working at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, participating in several international research projects. Latest academic publication: S. De Spiegeleire, K. Jans, M. Sibbel, K. Holynska, D. Lassche, Implementing Defence Policy: A Benchmark-‘Lite’, “Defense & Security Analysis”, 1 February 2019.
Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board at the East European Security Research Initiative Foundation, and Senior Research Fellow at the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, EESRI Foundation’s Representative to the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions. Being the author of over 50 scientific papers as well as dozens of policy briefs, he is a co-editor and co-author of the latest publications, “Human Security and Security Sector Reform in Eastern Europe” (Kyiv, 2017) and “International Crisis Management: NATO, EU, OSCE and Civil Society” (IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2016).
Dr. Mariya Heletiy is a Deputy Project Director, Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research, and an expert on the post-Yugoslavia conflicts. Before joining the centre, she worked as an Elections and Political Processes Adviser at the USAID Ukraine, where she managed election and political parties’ programmes, was a co-founder and manager of the newly established European Information Support Centre of the Ukrainian Parliament and International Dialogue Programme Manager for Open Ukraine Foundation. In addition, she was also engaged in various research assignments at the internationally recognized Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and at the University of California, Berkeley, in the United States.
Dr. Miruna Troncot? is a Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of International Relations and European Integration at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), Romania. Her most recent book is “Post-conflict Europeanization and the War of Meanings: The Challenges of EU Conditionality in Bosnia and Kosovo” (Tritonic Publishing House, Bucharest, 2016).
Mykola Gnatovskyy, Ph.D., President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National University, First Vice-President of the Ukrainian Association of International Law. Member of the National Commission for the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law. Member (present and past) of the editorial boards of many Ukrainian and international law journals, including International Review of the Red Cross (Geneva/Oxford, 2011-2015), Belarusian Yearbook of International Law, Studii Juridice Universitare (Chisinau), Romanian Journal of Legal Medicine. Dr Gnatovskyy is a member of the European Society of International Law, member of the American Society of International Law, and expert on human rights, Office of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine.
Nadiia Bureiko is a head of the Europeanisation Studies at the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism” and a vice-head of the scientific NGO “Quadrivium”. She conducted her post-doctoral research at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and at the Institute of Advanced Study, New Europe College, Romania. She previously pursued a PhD in Political Science (2012) and MA in International Relations (2009) at Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine.
Oleksandr Cheban, PhD, is a research fellow at Odessa Center for Nonproliferation. Previously he was a Fulbright Research Fellow at Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, and Visiting Research Fellow at NATO Defense College in Rome. Oleksandr Cheban has published research papers on nuclear nonproliferation and the nuclear programme of Iran.
Dr. Olena Khylko, Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Senior Research Fellow. She is also an expert at the East European Security Research Initiative Foundation. Being the author of more than 50 academic and analytical publications, she focuses her research interest on international relations and security in Eastern Europe, identity issues, foreign policy of Ukraine and geopolitics
Dr. Olena Snigyr has a Ph.D. in Political Science (Kyiv, 2004), specializing in European security and Russian foreign policy. She currently works as a chief consultant in the Research Centre for Russian Federation Problems (National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Ukraine), manages foreign policy analytical projects of the Institute for Social and Economic Studies and is an associated expert of the Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian Prism". Her publications include the analysis of Russia’s foreign policy, the EU foreign and security policy, the EU and the Black Sea region and Ukraine’s foreign policy.
Dr. Valeriy Kravchenko is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Strategic Studies in Kyiv, Ukraine, and Associate Professor of International Relations and Foreign Policy at Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University (displaced to Vinnytsya). Additionally, he is the head of the Centre for International Security, which is the leading non-governmental think-tank on security-related research in Eastern Ukraine.
Victoria Vdovychenko, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Kyiv Borys Grinchenko University and researcher. She is working on the challenges of the European Union, Euro-Atlantic integration, hybrid warfare, strategic communication, collaborating with different institutions and media, including “Evropejska Pravda” and “Ukrainian Interest” outlets. She is one of the key experts on Italy’s foreign policy in the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”.
Eimear O’Casey is a senior analyst on the post-Soviet region at a risk consultancy in London, UK. She provides assessments of a range of political and policy developments in the region for public and private sector organisations, and has published analysis with New Eastern Europe and the UK’s Foreign Policy Centre. She has a particular interest in authoritarian governance models, elections, and corruption.
Fatih Ekinci is currently a PhD student at Kadir Has University’s International Relations department. He completed his MA with merit in the University of Birmingham’s International Relations (Security) programme in 2015. He has also a BA in Economics from Bilkent University. His research interests are focused on Russia and Russian foreign policy, European security, Belarus, and the EU.
Florentina-Natalia Budescu is the Director of the Association for Cross-border Cooperation “Lower Danube Euroregion” since 2009. With experience of over 16 years in developing and implementing international-, EU-, and national-funded development projects, holding different positions of leadership in the national- and international-based NGOs (President of Federation of Romanian NGOs for Development [http://www.fondromania.org/en] and Vice-president of UPIR [http://www.danube-ports.ro/]), Mrs. Budescu holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Monitoring and university degrees in both Public Administration and Law from the University “Dunarea de Jos” Galati.
Dr. Grigoriy Perepelitsya is a professor of the Institute of International Relations at the Kiev National University and the Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute of the Diplomatic Academy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. He is a doctor of political sciences and a professor. He has been the head of military policy department at the National Institute for Strategic Studies and the deputy director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies. He is known in Ukraine and abroad as the expert in the field of foreign and security policy and the author of over 100 academic publications and books..
Hanna Shelest, PhD, Editor-in-chief of UA: Ukraine Analytica, Head of the Security Programmes at the Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian Prism". Previously H.Shelest served as a Senior Researcher at Odessa branch of the National Institute for Strategic Studies and a Visiting Research Fellow at the NATO Defence College (Italy). She has a PhD in International Relations, specializing in conflict resolution and security issues. She has more than 50 academic and more than 100 media articles on conflicts and security. H.Shelest is a Rotary Peace Fellow (2010), John Smith Fellow (2012) and Marshall Memorial Fellow (2016), Visegrad Think Fellow (2019).
The head of the Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian Prism". He is also a member of the Steering Committee of Ukrainian National Platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum. Fields of expertise: the EU's foreign policy, the EaP policy, CFSP, CSDP
Iaroslav Chornogor, PhD, board member of the Foreign Policy Council Ukrainian Prism”, associate professor at the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, and senior research fellow at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. His research interests cover the issues of strategic communications, world policy, and international relations.
Inna Potapova is the government expert of the Government Office for the Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
Iryna Bochar is a Project Manager at the Open Ukraine Foundation (since 2011), where she is currently working on the annual 10th Kyiv Security Forum – one of the leading platforms in Ukraine as well as in Central and Eastern Europe for high-level discussions on international security issues. Iryna has M.A. in International Relations (Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University) and is working on her PhD thesis on the security system in North America.
PhD in Political Sciences, Department of International Relations, Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University. In 2004-2015, she was a Senior Research Fellow at Odessa Regional Branch of the National Institute for Strategic Studies. Iryna has numerous articles regarding the EU foreign and security policy, the EU and the Black Sea region, Ukraine’s foreign policy, and Transnistria conflict.
Iryna Tyshko holds a master’s degree from the School of Public Administration at National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy". She is a feminist, researcher of gender issues in international policy, and member of the public council of parliamentary interfractional caucus “Equal Opportunities”.
Iryna Zubarenko is an assistant professor at the faculty of International Relations, Political Science, and Sociology at Odessa Mechnikov National University. Zubarenko graduated from the Institute of Social Sciences, Odessa Mechnikov National University, and obtained her Ph.D. at A. Krymskyi Institute of Oriental Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Zubarenko’s professional and research interests relate to the US policy in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, relations between Ukraine and the Arab world, issues of domestic political, economic, and social nature, as well as gender problems in the region.
Iuliia Tsyrfa, Ph.D. in Political Sciences, Assistant Lecturer at the Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. In 2010-2013, she worked as a junior research fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Research interests: Foreign Policy Identity Theories, World Humanitarian Politics, European and North American Country Studies.
Prof. Dr. Iulian Chifu, is a President of the Center for Conflict Prevention & Early Warning, Romania. Since 2005, he is Associate Professor, National Defense College, Bucharest (Romania), National Defense University „Carol I” and Since 2000, – Associate Professor specialized in Conflict Analysis, Decision making in crisis and the Post-soviet Space with the Department of International Relations, National University for Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest. In October 2010 – December 2014, Dr Chifu served as a Presidential Counselor, chief of Department of Strategic Affairs and International Security, Romanian Presidency
Iuliia Serbina coordinates Human Rights Program as a Board Member of the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism” and Socio-Political Programs at the NGO “Promotion of Intercultural Cooperation”. Prior to this, Ms Serbina served as a Senior Researcher at the National Institute for Strategic Studies (Odesa Branch) where she contributed to drafting policy papers for state and local authorities. In 2014, Iuliia Serbina served as a National Human Rights Officer in the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. The spheres of Ms Serbina’s interests are human rights, democratization process, election-related issues, civil society development, peace building and conflict resolution
Iwona Reichardt is the deputy editor-in-chief of New Eastern Europe (Poland). She has a PhD in Political Science from the Jagiellonian University in Krak?w. Her previous experience includes Foreign Policy magazine in Washington DC, and five years of policy analysis work with the World Bank. Iwona is also the author of a number of academic and policy papers, published in both Polish and English
Izabela Pereira Watts has been nominated “Top 99 Young Professional World Leaders in Foreign Policy under 33” (2013-Diplomatic Courier-USA). With a large professional experience in peacekeeping, democratic governance, political affairs, and international cooperation, she is currently a lecturer and PhD researcher on International Relations and Political Science at Charles Darwin University (Australia). With experience in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe, she has worked with several international organizations such as UN DPKO, UNDP, UN Women, Organization of American States, as well as with the private and public sectors as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil. She is also the founder of International Development Solutions Consultancy.
Justin Tomczyk is a graduate student at Stanford University’s master’s program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and is a non-resident fellow at Yerevan-based Regional Studies Center (RSC). This project was made possible by a grant from the Boris Nemtsov Institute’s Summer School for Journalism and Cultural Studies.
Karyna Rohulia is a second-year student of master’s programme in the Institute of International Relations at Taras Schevchenko National University of Kyiv; her major is international relations. Karyna worked as Junior Fellow on the “Association for You” project. Currently, she works as an MFA expert. Her fields of interest include hybrid warfare, transatlantic relations, and Ukraine-EU relations
Katarzyna Rybka-Iwa?ska, Department of Foreign Policy Strategy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. Global trends analyst, public diplomacy expert, university teacher
Kira Spyrydonova is a PhD student at the Institute of International Relations of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University. She also serves at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine covering issues of Ukraine’s participation in international organizations. Ms. Spyrydonova main research focus is regional security studies and foreign policy of Ukraine.
Laura Zghibarta is a junior researcher at the Foreign Policy Association of Moldova. She is a graduate in International Relations and European Studies and has studied in Romania, UK, and Estonia. She has been involved in the elaboration of studies for an analytical digest (EaP Think Bridge) and conducted research for a Freedom House policy brief. Her areas of research interest include Moldovan and international politics, foreign policy, and security studies.
Lesia Kuruts-Tkach is the deputy director of communications at the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation. She has almost 10 years of experience in media and public relations. Mrs. Kuruts-Tkach worked as an editor-in-chief in Ukrainian media, wrote a lot of articles in the field of information warfare, PR in international relations, education. Since early 2015, she works at the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation as a PR-manager, since October 2016 – as a deputy director of communications. She is a participant in numerous international conferences and forums, related to international relations and security
Lesia Vasylenko is a founder and the chairwoman of the Legal Hundred NGO, which provides legal assistance, guidance, and representation of combatants and veterans in Ukraine. A lawyer by training, Lesia is dedicating her efforts to veteran rights’ protection and the establishment of a fair social care system in Ukraine. She is a 2010 World Wide Studies Fellow, a 2011 UCL LLM and 2017 John Smith Trust Fellow. Her areas of interest are social and legal rights of the military, ex-combatants, informational defence and security, public diplomacy and counter-propaganda measures in military conflicts.
Liubov Abravitova assumed her role as Counsellor at the Embassy of Ukraine in Pretoria in January 2017. Prior to this, she served as Counsellor in the Middle East and Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. She entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in 2003. Her overseas tours have included Ottawa (Canada), Brussels (Belgium), and Geneva (Switzerland). She also served as a press attach? for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2009. Ms. Abravitova received a BA in International Relations from Odesa National University and a Master of Advanced Studies (European security issues) from the University of Geneva.
Liubov Tsybulska is a Deputy Director of the Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group of Ukraine Crisis Media Center (UCMC). Since 2015, Liubov has been working in the NGO Ukraine Crisis Media Center. As part of this work, she is a Strategic Communications Advisor to the Chief of General Staff of Ukrainian Armed Forces and since 2016 Adviser to the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. In 2016-2017, she headed the press service of the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration. From 2005 to 2014, she worked as a journalist for numerous Ukrainian media. Liubov Tsybulska graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the Faculty of Psychology at Kyiv International University.
Magdalena Patalong works as a Research Assistant at the Institut f?r Europ?ische Politik. From 2015 to 2016 she was a part of the project team “Ukrainians in Poland and Germany – Civic and Political Engagement, Expectations and Courses of Actions”, supported by the German Polish Science Foundation, and is now part of the project team “Strengthening Ukrainian Think Tanks: institutional capacity building and empowering cooperation with partners from the EU” supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. She is currently studying East European Studies at the Free University, Berlin.
Maksym Kyiak is a Doctor of Philosophy, the Deputy Director in the Central European Institute, and a co-founder of “Global Ukrainians”, a worldwide network of public diplomats. He worked at various academic and governmental institutions in Ukraine and abroad. He has represented Ukraine at the CAHROM Committee in the Council of Europe and was one of the co-authors of the research of the NATO StratCom COE on the role of humor in strategic communications, “StratCom Laughs: In Search of an Analytical Framework”. Maksym is also working on his postdoctoral research on information society and its influence on religious processes. Research interests: disinformation, information warfare, public policy, foreign policy, sociology of religion, ethnic policy.
Maryana Kuzio is a European integration and Visa Liberalisation expert at the NGO “Europe without Barriers” (September 2011- April 2016). She holds an MA in International Relations, from Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, specialising in European Politics and MA in five Universities of Europe (Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary research and Studies on Eastern Europe) at the University of Bologna. Main fields of her activities are: research and monitoring aimed at providing independent expertise of domestic reforms in the areas of document security, migration and readmission, public order and security and fundamental rights. She has practical experience of advocating and lobbying necessary internal reforms in Ukraine, as well as carrying out advocacy campaigns in the European Union’s Member States directed at abolishing the EU visa requirements for Ukraine and the whole Eastern Partnership region.
Maryia Hushcha is a Research Assistant at the International Institute for Peace in Vienna. She previously worked at Pontis Foundation in Slovakia, where she managed a capacity-building project for NGOs in Russia. Maryia has completed training and fellowship programmes at the United Nations Office in Belarus, European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw, and University of San Diego. She holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from Comenius University in Bratislava.
Maryna Rabinovych, LL.M. (Hamburg) is a 3-year PhD Candidate at the I.I.Mechnikov Odessa National University, specializing in the EU external relations law. She is also a Reintegrated Expert to Ukraine in terms of the GIZ Programme “Migration for Development” and a Global Community Manager at the Ukraine Democracy Initiative (Sydney, Australia).
Maryna Vorotnyuk, PhD, is a researcher affiliated with the Center for European Neighborhood Studies of Central European University (Budapest). She is a Board Member of the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism” and works on security developments in the Black Sea region, as well as Ukrainian and Turkish foreign policies. Dr. Vorotnyuk worked as a visiting lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences of Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia (2015–2017). From 2006 until 2015, she was affiliated with the National Institute for Strategic Studies in Ukraine. She was also a research fellow of the Center for International Studies of I. I. Mechnikov Odessa National University (2006–2013).
Mustafa Dzhemilev has been a Member of the Parliament of Ukraine since 1998 and a former Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People. He is the recognized leader of the Crimean Tatar National Movement and a former Soviet dissident. In October 1998, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees awarded Dzhemilev the Nansen Medal for his outstanding efforts and "his commitment to the right of return of the Crimean Tatars". In 2014 Dzhemilev was awarded the Order of the Republic by Turkish President Abdullah G?l and the Solidarity Prize by the Republic of Poland (being thus its first recipient).
Mykola Bielieskov, is the analyst at the Institute of World Policy, he holds MA in International Relations from Kyiv Institute of International Relations. The main research focus is US foreign policy, Ukrainian-American relations, military dimension of international relations, international relations in East Asia.
Mykola Kapitonenko, PhD, is a Co-editor-in-chief at UA: Ukraine Analytica and an Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. He is also a Director to the Centre of International Studies, an NGO, specializing at regional security studies and foreign policy of Ukraine. He has also been invited as a visiting professor to the University of Iowa, and was teaching at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Mykola’s main research focus is in conflict studies and Ukrainian foreign policy. He has been managing a number of analytical projects, and he is an author of a textbook on international conflict studies, a monograph on power factor in international politics, and more than 60 articles on various foreign policy and security issues. Dr Kapitonenko had advised members of Parliament of Ukraine and Government on foreign policy issues and being a regular commenter on TV.
Mykola Zamikula, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Strategic Studies in Kyiv, Ukraine. Also he is a Senior Lecturer of International Relations and Foreign Policy department of Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University (displaced in Vinnytsia). His current scientific interests cover Euro-Atlantic cooperation issues, international relations in Northern Europe, and modern foreign policy of the Republic of Turkey.
Nadiia Koval is a Board Member of the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism” and analyst in foreign policy and security issues at the Ukrainian Institute for the Future. She previously worked as a foreign and domestic policy analyst at the National Institute for Strategic Studies, and studied in the doctoral programme at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO, Paris) and National University, “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. Her research interests are focused on post-conflict settlement, reconciliation policies, and Ukrainian-Polish and Greek-Turkish relations.
Dr. Natalya Belitser, Full Doctor of Biology, Professor, is currently a researcher at the Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy, Kyiv. Her area of expertise includes interethnic relations, minorities and indigenous peoples’ rights, and separatist conflicts. She is author of publications on the Crimea, post-Soviet “frozen conflicts” and related issues, a contributor to collective monographs. The last of them is “Frozen Conflicts in Europe”, 2016.
Natalia Ishchenko (Gumba) is a Deputy Director of the Institute of World Policy. Her research interests include conflicts in the post-Soviet space and in the former Yugoslavia. In 2016, Natalia was one of the organizers of an international programme to study Croatia’s experience of peaceful reintegration of the occupied territories. She was one of the curators of the photo exhibition “Donbass: War and Peace” held in the European Parliament in Brussels and in other European capitals in 2014. Natalia is the author of the book “The Truth about Human” (2012).
Natalia Wojtowicz is a lecturer at the Hague University of Applied Sciences, specializing in wargaming. She implemented wargames into NATO Civil-Military Cooperation Center of Excellence training and concept development. Previously she was coordinating NATO Anti-Submarine Warfare Capability Development at the Headquarters in Brussels.
Nataliya Pipchenko, Dr.Sc. (Political Sciences), is a professor at the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, and Expert at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Since 2017, she is the consultant on communication at the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development – GUAM. Her research interests cover the issues of public and digital diplomacy, international communication and global development, the activity of EU institutions in communications. She has more than 100 academic articles and books, among which are textbooks on digital diplomacy.
Oksana Dobrzhanska, PhD, Assistant Professor at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine. She is a member of NGO “Quadrivium”. Oksana received her PhD in Political Science in 2013 (“The Eastern Partnership Initiative in Implementation of the European Union Foreign Policy”). Her main field of interests: the EU foreign policy, European Neighbourhood Policy, Eastern Partnership, Euro-integration of Ukraine.
Dr. Oleksandr Zadorozhnii is the Head of International Law Department at the Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University and A.M. to National Academy of Jurisprudence of Ukraine. He is also the President of Ukraine’s International Law Association and a Member of the Permanent Council of Arbitration in the Hague. He was a Member of Parliament of Ukraine, chairing the Committee on Justice and Law. He was also Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Parliament.
Olena Churanova, a journalist and a fact-checker at the StopFake project, PhD student at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine). She has more than 10 years of work experience in media, including the Ukrainian service of Voice of America, Radio Svoboda, European Journalism Observatory. The main research focus is social media and their impact, propaganda and fake news
Olena Suslova is a human rights, gender activist and researcher with more than 20 years of experience. She has worked in Ukraine as well as countries of the former Soviet Union as a short-term expert and trainer on gender, peace culture, conflict resolution, etc. She founded an NGO, the Women’s Information Consultative Center, in 1995. She published about 50 books, research articles, and manuals on gender issues
Prof. Dr Olga Brusylovska is a Chair of the Department of International Relations, Odessa Mechnikov National University. A member of editorial staff of “ONU Herald” (Odessa), and an electronic journal “Rhetoric and communication” (Sofia). Scientific interests: foreign policy and transformation of the post-communist countries. 90 publications in academic journals in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland (including, “Systemic Transformation of the Region Eastern Europe (1989-2004)”. Saarbr?cken, 2016. 328 p.).
lieutenant colonel, PhD in public administration, senior officer, International Cooperation Department, Administration of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. Since 2005 has worked in different positions within the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. The field of study is the national security of Ukraine, reforms within the national defence and security sector, foreign policy of Ukraine, border security in general and integrated border management, gender equality. Has published 15 articles in the sphere of national security of Ukraine in national and international sources.
Olga Rusova, PhD in Political Science, is a Chief Specialist at Odesa Regional Office of the Hennadii Udovenko Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine. In the 2019/2020 academic year, she took part in a nine-month post-graduate diploma programme in the theory and practice of International Relations and European Integration at the Estonian School of Diplomacy. Olga is the author of 12 scientific articles and contributed to one collective monograph; she has been a participant of more than 20 Ukrainian and international workshops and trainings. Her research interests are the foreign policy of Germany and Poland, issues related to the course of European integration process, and the EU security policy.
Olga Vasylchenko is a PhD student at the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Her research interests are focused on informational and psychological security, conflict regulation, semiotics of political discourse, memory and identity politics.
Assistant Professor at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece.
Pavel Havlicek, MA et Int. M., works as an analyst of the AMO Research Centre; his research focus is on Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine and Russia but also the Eastern Partnership. Pavel is a graduate of the two-year Erasmus Mundus International Master in Russian, Central and East European Studies hosted by the University of Glasgow and the EU Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Among his recent publications, Agenda for the Czech Foreign Policy, to which he contributed, was issued in September 2018. Pavel has cooperated with AMO since May 2016.
Piotr Hajdecki is an ex-commercial diplomat of Poland and former executive director of Polish-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce with over 15 years of experience in public and private sector. Currently, he works as a senior advisor at Business Finland, Europe Central Hub in Warsaw. As a practitioner, he is a guest lecturer in Economic Diplomacy, a post-graduate programme held at SGH Warsaw School of Economics, where he teaches Contemporary Challenges Facing Economic Diplomacy and International Negotiations. He holds a master’s degree in International Trade from Cracow University of Economics (Poland), a master’s degree in Law from Jagiellonian University (Poland), and an Executive MBA from Stockholm University, School of Business (Sweden). Currently, he studies towards a master’s degree in Digital Transformation at Kyiv School of Economics. He has published in: Gazeta Samorz?du i Administracji (Journal of Local Government and Administration), CEO Magazyn Kadry Zarz?dzaj?cej (CEO Magazine of Top Executives), and Personel i Zarz?dzanie (Personnel and Management). He specialises in economic diplomacy, science and technology diplomacy, international negotiation, marketing, and management.
Dr. Polina Sinovets works as the Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, Institute of Social Sciences, Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University. Since 2015 Dr. Sinovets heads Odessa Center for Nonproliferation. A member of PONARS Eurasia. Main fields of research interest: nuclear nonproliferation and regional challenges, deterrence, nuclear history of states upon which Dr. Sinovets has published over 50 articles. An author of the monographs: “Double-Faced Yanus or Nuclear Deterrence Theory in the 21st century” and “Deterrence and the Nuclear Superpowers After the Cold War”. Graduate of “The Study of the CNS NIS Visiting Fellowship Program of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute for International Studies (2006), “US Institute on National Security Policymaking” program, sponsored by the US State department (2012) as well as NATO Defense College Fellowship (2015).
Prof., Dr. Ihor Todorov, is a professor of International Relations at Uzhhorod National University (since 2014). Director of the Centre for International Security and Euro-Atlantic integration and Director of the Information Centre of European Union (since 2015). Prior to this Professor at Donetsk National University. Vice Head of the Coordinating Board at the Public League “Ukraine- NATO”, member of the Ukrainian National Association of the European Studies. Published papers 450 published papers, including more than 40 course-books on history, law and international relations.
Rahim Rahimov is an independent political analyst focusing on Russia and Eastern Partnership region, with research interests in foreign policy, conflicts, and economic and political integration projects in the post-Soviet space. Rahim is a regular contributor to the Russia File of the Wilson Centre and Eurasia Daily Monitor. He holds an MA in International Relations from Hult International Business School in London, UK, and a BA from the Baku State University, Azerbaijan.
Reghina Dimitrisina is a postgraduate in Political Communication at Babes-Bolyai University from Cluj- Napoca, Romania. She joined a Master programme in Political Communication at the College of Political, Administrative, and Communication Sciences and holds a Bachelor degree (BA) in International Relations and European Studies. During her Bachelor studies, she had outstanding academic results and her hard work was rewarded with the Romanian Government Scholarship. She continues to write and publish excellent book reviews and scientific papers in Romania and Ukraine as well. Her recent research project on “Comparative Analysis of the Electoral Campaigns of Vladimir Putin in 2000, 2004 and 2012” was published and presented at the International Students’ Conference on Communication in Romania.
Rostyslav Tomenchuk is the Head of the Board at Ukrainian Institute for International Politics. He also serves as a Coordinator of the Political Group at the EU–Ukraine Civil Society Platform. In 2017-2018, Tomenchuk was an Advisor to the Minister of Regional Development of Ukraine on interregional cooperation and macro-regional strategies.
An Associated Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea). He previously worked as the Head of Foreign Policy Analysis at Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Azerbaijan Republic. Dr. Ibrahimov is the expert in the number of strategic centers in Turkey, Russia, and Great Britain. Author on more than two hundreds articles and comments. Research interest: Energy policy and security, Azerbaijan Foreign Policy, International Politics, Theories of International Relations, Conflict Studies.
Ruslan Kermach is a political analyst at the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) and a postgraduate (PhD) student at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy studying mainly the issues of the Russian foreign and domestic policy, frozen conflicts, and de facto statehood. Fellow of the DAAD semester study program at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in Germany (2013/14) and PASOS Democracy Program Fellow (2016). He is a political observer and columnist in several Ukrainian internet media outlets and freelance contributor for the US news organization EurasiaNet since 2017.
Dr. Sergey Minasyan is the Deputy Director and Head of Political Studies Department at the Caucasus Institute in Yerevan, Armenia (since March 2006). He also has been representing Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN) in Armenia (since 2011). Dr. Minasyan holds PhD in Military History (2002) at the Institute of History under the National Academy of Science and Doctor of Political Sciences degree at the Institute for National Security Studies at the Ministry of Defense of Armenia (2013). Dr. Minasyan published more than ten monographs and reports, and dozens of academic papers and analytical pieces. The main areas of his expertise are international relations, military history and security studies, with particular attention to the topics of conventional deterrence, regional arms control and settlement of the ethno-political conflicts.
Dr. Sergii Glebovis an Associate Professor and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of International Relations, Political Science, and Sociology at Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University, where he has been teaching a course on the Black Sea security. In 2000-2001, he was a visiting scholar at the Centre for European Studies, University of Exeter (UK) and in 2013 at Columbia University, Harriman Institute (New York City, USA). Glebov spent the academic year of 2018-2019 at the University of California, San Diego (USA) as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar with the School of Global Policy and Strategy. He published more than 60 scientific works on foreign and security policy of Ukraine, international relations in the Black Sea-Caspian region, European and EuroAtlantic security, foreign policy of Russia, NATOUkraine, and EU-Ukraine relations.
Dr. Sergiy Galaka is a Professor of International Relations and International Security. In 1978 graduated from Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Department of International Relations (MA). His research interests include problems of nuclear non-proliferation and wider security issues. Has a number of publications in Ukraine, Great Britain, France, Greece, and Russia, mostly devoted to nuclear non-proliferation. The book “Problem of Nuclear Non-proliferation in International Relations” was published in Kyiv in 2001. Visiting fellow at Monterey Institute of International Relations (USA, 1993), Maryland (College Park) University (USA, 1995).
Sergiy Gerasymchuk – Board member at Strategic and Security Studies Group and Board member at the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”. As an expert, Sergiy cooperated with Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, ICDS (Estonia), ICDT (Hungary), as well as Uppsala (Sweden), Lublin (Poland) and Giessen (Germany) Universities. Sergiy holds MA in Political Science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine) and graduated from the Estonian School of Diplomacy.
Ambassador, Dr Sergiy Korsunsky serves as the Director of the Hennadii Udovenko Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine since October 2017. His diplomatic postings include: Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey in 2008–2016, Director-General of the Economic Department at the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2006–2008, Minister-Counsellor and Acting Ambassador at the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA in 2000–2005. Ambassador Korsunsky has extensive experience in foreign policy, strategic planning, and analysis, including energy, trade, and investment issues. He is a well-known expert on geopolitics and energy security, and a prolific speaker and lecturer both in Ukraine and abroad. Dr Korsunsky has authored more than 300 publications in the Ukrainian and international media
Stefania Kolarz is a lawyer, PhD candidate in International and European Law at University of Wroclaw, researching on de facto states and former Soviet Republics. Alumna of Law at the University of Wroclaw and Paris-Dauphine University, Master of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe
Stiven Tremaria is a doctoral candidate in the Department of International Relations and Peace and Conflict Research of the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Osnabr?ck, Germany. He currently works as a research assistant in the Unit of International Police Relations at the German Police University. His research interests comprise research on democratisation, police studies, civil-military relations, and comparative politics.
Svitlana V. Andrushchenko, PhD is the Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University. She is also a director of the International Centre for Progressive Research, which assists the development of the geopolitical and other innovative research. The main research focus is geopolitics, environmental and energy security, and foreign policy of Ukraine
Tamara Martsenyuk holds a PhD in Sociology and her research interest focuses on the social structure of society and, particularly, on gender relations. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine). Recently Tamara was DAAD Visiting Professor (Germany) and Petro Yacyk Fellow (Canada). She is the author of around 80 academic publications.
Taras Mykhalniuk is Director of the Open Ukraine Foundation. Among OUF’s key projects is Kyiv Security Forum – one of the leading platforms in Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe for high-level discussions on international security issues. During his professional carrier while working at EastWest Institute and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Taras was dealing with international security and civil society development issues, including media freedom, gender equality and strengthening community and NGOs’ role in the society
Tony Jensen, currently unaffiliated, is a former student at Gothenburg University and the Swedish Defence University. He has participated in a number of international conferences on international relations and security policy. His specialisation is the use of deception and influence operations as a means to further an actor’s interests. The main focus of his research has been Russian activities in its near abroad.
Dr. Tornike Sharashenidze is a professor and head of the MA program in International Affairs at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. He is a regular contributor to the European Council on Foreign Relations’ Wider Europe and Caucasus Analytical Digest. He worked for leading Georgian newspapers as an international politics and business analyst, senior advisor for the National Security Council staff, director of the Information Centre for NATO, and research fellow for the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs
Vasyl Myroshnychenko is a partner with CFC Consulting, a Kyiv-based strategic communications firm. He has over 15 years of experience in advising clients on corporate and financial communications, public affairs, and special situations. Vasyl is a co-founder of Ukraine Crisis Media Center, a media NGO established in early March of 2014 with the goal of amplifying Ukraine’s voice internationally. Mr. Myroshnychenko was a Chevening Scholar and obtained MSc in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics. He also holds MA and BA degrees in international relations from Institute of International Relations, Kyiv National Shevchenko University
Dr. Victor Konstantynov is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Institute of International Relations, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Sciences. His research interests are focused on international regionalism, regional security and stability, regional cooperation in the post-Soviet space, and the methodology of international relations research.
Viktoriia Gulenko is a counsellor in the Directorate General for International Law of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine. She has been working in the MFA of Ukraine since 2007 in different positions, including her posting to the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva (2011–2013). Her research interests cover the issues of international law, multinational and public diplomacy. Gulenko is an alumna of the United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme (2010) and the Asian Forum on Global Governance (2020).
Viktoriia Khalanchuk is an analyst at the Centre for International Studies, Hennadii Udovenko Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The author has a university degree in political science. Her research interests focus on post-Soviet political regimes, their foreign and domestic policy, and state coercive bodies (police and military)
Violetta Udovik, PhD, is an academic fellow at the Institute for Languages and Cultures of Europe and Asia, Japan. She holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and a PhD in World History from I.I. Mechnikov Odesa National University. Her main research interests are Ukraine–Japan relations, Japan’s foreign policy, and its strategy towards the post-Soviet region.
Vitalii Martyniuk is the executive director of the Centre for Global Studies “Strategy XXI”, and the head of international programmes. He has worked as an analyst on issues of foreign policy, international relations, and regional security in Ukrainian public and non-governmental organisations, and as a first secretary (on political issues) in a Ukrainian diplomatic mission abroad. His research interests are international political and security relations, EU foreign policy, NATO, Eastern partnership, the Balkans.
Vladislav Saran is the director of the Independent Analytical Center “Spirit Critic” (Republic of Moldova), specializing in the dangers of misinformation, information intoxication, media propaganda, manipulation of public opinion. He is also a member of the International Society for Romanian Studies and graduate of Political Academy Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Moldova.
Volha Damarad Volha Damarad is an associated fellow at EAST-Center. She has background in public international law, human rights, public policy, democracy, and civil society development in Eastern and Central Europe and Caucasus. After graduating BB.L in international, LL.M in human rights and two professional one-year courses on European integration, diplomacy and foreign affairs, she worked for the International Republican Institute (IRI). Currently Volha is completing her degree at Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu (Estonia).
Volodymyr Dubovyk has been working at the Odessa I. Mechnikov National University since 1992. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations since 1996 and has acted as a Director of the Center for International Studies since 1999. Among his teaching and research interests are U.S. foreign policy, U.S. ? Ukraine relations, Black Sea regional security, foreign policy of Ukraine. Dr. Dubovyk is a Fulbright Scholar 2016/2017.
Yar Batoh is a Research Assistant at The Hague Center for Strategic Studies. His main research interests are security studies, Russian foreign policy, and Ukrainian-Russian relations. Previously, he worked at VoxUkraine. Yar Batoh graduated from the Institute of International Relations, Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University.
Yevgeniya Gaber, PhD, is a deputy director, H. Udovenko Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine. She had previously served as a second secretary in political affairs in the Ukrainian Embassy in Ankara (2014–2018) and as an associate professor at the International Relations Department of Odesa National Mechnikov University (2009–2014). Her research interests cover issues of the Black Sea regional security, Turkish foreign and security policy. Yevgeniya has co-authored several monographs on the Black Sea and Middle East regional politics, and has more than 30 academic articles published worldwide.
Yevhen Mahda, PhD, is an associate professor at Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, the National Technical University, and the executive director at the Institute of World Policy, Ukraine. Author of reports “Hybrid War: Survive and Win” (Kharkiv, 2015), “Russia’s Hybrid Aggression: Lessons for the Europe” (Kyiv, 2017), and “Games of Images: How Europe Perceives Ukraine” (Kharkiv, 2016, with co-author Tetyana Vodotyka). His book “The Sixth: Memories of the Future” – a study of Ukrainian presidents – was published in 2017. Since April 2017, he is a member of the Public Council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
Yulia Nikitina is Associate Professor of World Politics and Research Fellow at the Center for the Post-Soviet Studies at the Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO-University). She is a specialist of security politics in Eurasia with a focus on regional organizations. Her current research interests include conflict-settlement and Track II diplomacy in Eurasia