Hanna Shelest

member of the Board, Head of International Security Studies

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Editor-in-Chief of UA: Ukraine Analytica; Curator of the Ukrainian Peacebuilding School and Head of the Board of the NGO “Promotion of Intercultural Cooperation”. Prior to this, she had served for more than 10 years as a Senior Researcher at the National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Ukraine, Odessa Branch. In 2014 Dr. Shelest served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome. Previously she had experience in PR and lobbying for government and business, as well as teaching at Odessa National University.

She has more than 50 academic and more than 100 articles in media published worldwide. She is a regular presenter at the international conferences and commenter for the media.

Dr. Shelest is a Rotary Peace Fellow 2010, Black Sea Young Reformer 2011, John Smith Fellow 2012, and Marshall Memorial Fellow 2016. She was recognized as “40 under 40 Ukrainian Emerging Leader 2013” by the US-Ukraine Foundation

Her main research interests are:

  • conflicts resolution,
  • security and cooperation, especially in the Wider Black Sea Region and the Middle East,
  • foreign policy of Ukraine.

Recent Publications

The “Frozen Conflict Perspective” in Eastern Ukraine and its Influence on Identity Construction

Although socially and politically constructed, the self-identification of the separatist regions in the east of Ukraine and their inhabitants can have a significant influence on the conflict resolution process. Through an analysis of identity construction in Donbas via the self-perceptions of residents of both the controlled and the uncontrolled territories, and their views regarding the […]

Could Zelenskyy’s Strategy for Donbas Lead Ukraine Into a Kremlin Trap?

In pursuit of peace in the war-torn region, the Ukrainian president’s short-term, tactical approach is vulnerable in the face of Russia’s long-term strategy.   One of the key messages at the heart of Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s presidential campaign in 2019 was a very simple one: peace in Donbas, the war-torn region of Ukraine where Russian-supported separatists […]

What’s Putin up to? With Balkan Devlen and Hanna Shelest

In the latest episode of Pod Bless Canada, MLI Senior Fellow Balkan Devlen was joined by Dr. Hanna Shelest, Editor-in-Chief of Ukraine Analytica and one of Ukraine’s sharpest analysts of international affairs. The two discuss last week’s announcement of sweeping changes to Russia’s constitution and their potential implications. Throughout the discussion, Dr. Shelest weighs in […]