The defence and foreign policy of Ukraine has been influenced by domestic political processes, international developments, and security challenges.
This discussion traces the evolution of the country’s defence and foreign policy since 1991, including decisions that have altered Ukraine's defence capacities and role. It will focus on the analysis of critical events such as the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, the 2008 NATO Bucharest summit, the domestic declaration of “non-block status” by former President Yanukovich, followed by the occupation of Crimea and part of Donbas in 2014, and future aspirations of joining NATO and the EU.
The speakers discussed how the large-scale invasion impacts Ukraine’s foreign policy priorities beyond the West, and what a new agenda for foreign policy in Ukraine in a post-war period could look like.
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Olexiy Haran (@o_haran), Professor of Comparative Politics at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (UKMA), Research Director at the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (a leading Ukrainian analytical and sociological think tank)
Professor Haran was a member of the Public Council under Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine for over 15 years and has numerous journal publications including the title ‘Constructing a Political Nation: Changes in the Attitudes of Ukrainians during the War in the Donbas (2017). His latest book From Brezhnev to Zelensky: Dilemmas of Ukrainian Political Scientist was published in 2021.
Volodymyr Dubovyk (@VolodymDubovyk), Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Director, Center for International Studies, Odesa I. I. Mechnikov National University (Ukraine)
Volodymyr Dubovyk is a Visiting Professor at Tufts University and is a recipient of the emergency grant from the Kennan Institute (2022) and non-resident fellowships from the George Washington and Toronto University. His areas of expertise extend beyond security studies and include transatlantic relations and Black Sea security. Professor Dubovyk has conducted extensive research at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as well as across several US institutions. He is the co-author of Ukraine and European Security (Macmillan, 1999) and has published numerous articles on US-Ukraine relations, regional and international security, and Ukraine’s foreign policy.
Dr Kateryna Zarembo
Dr Kateryna Zarembo (@KaterynaZarembo) is a Ukrainian policy analyst and university lecturer, focusing on international relations and civil society studies. She is an associate fellow at the New Europe Center (Ukraine) and a senior lecturer at the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Ukraine).
Oksana Osadcha is an Associate of the International Defence Hub of the European Values Centre for Security policy (Czech Republic) and Program Director of the PROTECT (Promoting Reform Objectives through Technical Expertise and Capacity Transfer) project. She is also a visiting lecturer of Kyiv Mohyla Business School “Strategic leaders in Security and Defence Sector” and “Strategic Architects” MPA programmes.
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