Europe’s Futures is IWM’s partnership initiative with the ERSTE Foundation. It aims to understand and address the challenges confronting Europe and the European Union in a rapidly changing global environment. Core are the issues of democracy, the rule of law, migration dynamics, further enlargement of the EU, and other internal and external issues. The sixth cohort of Europe’s Futures Fellows in the academic 2023/24 comprises eight prominent experts who will present their research in presentations and public events throughout September.
The first discussion was with Hanna Shelest and focused on Ukraine. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has prompted the need to wholly rethink and revise European strategies and policies. A broad spectrum of aspects playing into today’s situation were assessed, with an emphasis on contextualizing the reactions of politicians in Europe to the unprompted Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 with respect to their position on the political spectrum.
Hanna Shelest, is the Director of Security Programmes at the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism” and Editor-in-chief at UA: Ukraine Analytica. Dr. Shelest is also a non-resident senior fellow at CEPA (US). Before this, she had served for more than ten years as a Senior Researcher at the National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Ukraine. In 2014, Shelest was a Visiting Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome. Shelest has been a guest lecturer for the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Swedish Defence University, Ukrainian Catholic University, National Defence College of the UAE, NATO Defence College, World Economic Forum, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, etc. Shelest was an adviser of the Working Group preparing the Ukrainian Navy Strategy 2035 and was involved in working groups developing the Foreign Policy Strategy of Ukraine, the Asian Strategy for MFA, and Ukraine’s NATO Public Communication Strategy.
Ivan Vejvoda, IWM Permanent Fellow and head of Europe’s Futures program hosted and moderated the event.
A recording of the event is available below.