New Season of the Vienna Coffee House Conversations

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The new season of the Vienna Coffee House Conversations opens with Ivan Vejvoda speaking with Hanna Shelest, foreign affairs and security policy expert from Ukraine, for an inside perspective on the Russo-Ukrainian war. 

As Europe debates how to support Ukraine and potentially extend EU membership, Hanna provides insights from the ground on the current state of the conflict. She discusses the resilience and sacrifices of the Ukrainian people, the shifting international perceptions of the conflict, Ukraine’s progress towards meeting the EU accession criteria, and more. With her hometown of Odessa close to the frontlines, Hanna gives a personal account of how Ukrainians are persevering through turmoil and seeking normalcy despite the backdrop of war. As Europe looks for solutions to the crisis, this conversation offers an eyewitness view of the tremendous challenges Ukraine faces as well as its ambitions for greater integration with the EU.

Learn more about Hanna Shelest here

Ivan Vejvoda is an IWM Permanent Fellow and is Head of the Europe's Futures program at the IWM.

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