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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 – journalist, historian, political expert. In 2012-2015, he was the director of Odessa branch of the National Institute for Strategic Studies. 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.
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
Dovilė Šukytė 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, Šukytė 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.
Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, the Chair of the Department 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 Associate Editor of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (SSCI-indexed) 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 Ó Beacháin 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 Fáil, 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)
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 Troncotă 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).
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.
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.
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..
Dr. Hanna Shelest, Editor-in-chief of UA: Ukraine Analytica, member of the Board at the Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian Prism" and curator of the Ukrainian Peacebuilding School. 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)
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
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”.
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 Kraków. 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.
Katarzyna Rybka-Iwańska, 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.
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 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 für Europäische 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.
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).
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 Gül 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 is 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’s been managing a number of analytical projects, and he’s 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
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 Wojtowicz – Subject Matter Expert at the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE), specializing in Modelling and Simulation. Previously an Action Officer at NATO Headquarters, Land and Maritime Capabilities Section. Her publications include the analysis of NATO and Russia military manoeuvers preceding the war with Ukraine and Georgia, as well as the full spectrum of non-kinetic capabilities used in the conflicts.
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)”. Saarbrücken, 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 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.
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.
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.
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 Glebov is an Associate Professor and Dean of the School of International Relations at Odessa National University, 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 (Exeter, UK) and in 20113 at Columbia University, Harriman Institute (New-York City, USA). He published more than 50 scientific works on foreign and security policy of Ukraine, international relations in the Black Sea-Caspian region, European and Euro-Atlantic security, foreign policy of Russia, NATO-Ukraine, 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 Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Turkey, a well-known expert in the field of energy security. He is an author of more than 150 academic papers and numerous publications on the topic, including six books, among them “Energy Diplomacy” (2008). He was awarded the title “the Distinguished Economist of Ukraine” (2008).
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.
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 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.
Dr. Yevgeniya Gaber is a Political Officer at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Turkey. She has previously held a position of Associated Professor in Turkish Studies at the International Relations Department of Odessa National Mechnikov University. She has authored numerous publications, including book chapters and monographs, covering issues of Turkey’s foreign policy and security in the Black Sea region.
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