Maksym Khylko

Russian and Belarusian Studies Program Director

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PhD in Philosophy and MA in International Relations; Senior Research Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; Chairman of the Board at the East European Security Research Initiative Foundation and its representative to the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions; Co-ordinator of the “Security and Stability” subgroup of WG1 at the Ukrainian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. Prior to this, he worked for many years as a Senior Research Fellow at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, a Researcher at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, and a political analyst and consultant. 

He is a graduate of the Institute of International Relations of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv; an author of more than 50 academic publications and more than 100 policy papers on international relations, foreign and domestic policy, social communications and media analysis; a regular participant of international and all-Ukrainian conferences and round tables.

His main research interests include:

  • East European security, 
  • EU Eastern Partnership, 
  • Ukraine’s policy towards Russia and Belarus, 
  • Ukraine-NATO partnership, 
  • Ukraine-OSCE, 
  • countering hybrid threats, 
  • social communications and media influence.

Recent Publications

“Moscow is preparing ground for further escalation”

Khylko: we need UN mission on the contact line, we can deprive Russia of its veto in this case

(Українська) “Лукашенко підтримує російську агресію проти України і виступає співучасником”: експерт про ймовірність військової загрози з півночі

(Українська) Олександр Лукашенко обіцяє розмістити на кордоні з Україною контингент білоруської армії. Він вважає, що такі кроки необхідно здійснювати у відповідь на нібито стягування українських військ до кордонів Білорусі.

“Blackmailing with the threat of large-scale war”

Maksym Khylko: Moscow believes it is beneficial to keep Ukraine and its Western partners in constant tension