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Research Seminar: “Ukrainian Conflict Resolution in the Shadow of Ukrainegate: Analysis and Risk Assessment”

November 14, 2019 at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Location:608 Robertson Hall

Ukrainian Conflict Resolution in the Shadow of Ukrainegate: Analysis and Risk Assessment.

Event Poster

Ukraine’s 2019 elections, U.S. domestic political controversies, and Russia’s renewed engagements with European states are having important impacts on the Normandy-format negotiations designed to resolve the fate of Ukraine’s conflict-affected zone.

This seminar will position the situation in Ukraine within broader international conflicts and analyze the impact of most recent developments on potential conflict resolution strategies. This event unites subject experts and academics to discuss the complex network of implicated entities, their interests, and outside geopolitical factors impacting the Ukraine conflict. A seminar-style discussion, incorporating audience members, aimed to analyze options for the re-integration of the societies on both sides of the separation line and effective return of separatist-controlled territories under government control.


Denys Kiryukhin, PhD, is a research scholar at the Skovoroda’s Institute of Philosophy, The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. His research focuses on the social and political development of post-communist states and political philosophy. He is a co-author of “Ukraine without Kuchma” (Optima, 2007, in Russian), “Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspectives” (E-International Relations, 2015), Ukraine in Crisis (Routledge, 2017), “Justice and Responsibility: Cultural and Philosophical Foundations” (CRVP, 2018).

Milana Nikolko, PhD, is an adjunct professor at the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS), Carleton University.  Her current field of interests includes research on Ukraine’s nation-building process, mediation of grey zone conflicts, political narratives of victimization in the Ukrainian-Canadian diaspora, and social capital and diaspora networks in comparative perspective. Her main publications include: Post-Soviet Migration and Diasporas. From Global Perspectives to Everyday Practices, editors: Nikolko, Milana, Carment, David, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, and Diaspora Mobilisation and the Ukraine Crisis: Old Traumas and New Strategies (DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2019.1569703)

Dani Belo is a PhD Candidate at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. His research focuses on the evolution of NATO-Russia relations, Russia’s foreign policy in the post-Soviet region, role of non-state entities in gray zone conflict, conflict management and mediation, and nationalism. His publications include “Conflict in the Absence of War: A Comparative Analysis of China and Russia Engagement in Gray Zone Conflict” for Canadian Foreign Policy Journal and “War’s Future: The Risks and Rewards of Gray Zone Conflict and Hybrid Warfare” for the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

Wyler Dawd is an MA student at EURUS.

The event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

This event is organized with the assistance of the Faculty of Public Affairs