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

“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

“Yalta 2 is among Putin’s goals”. Maksym Khylko: what has been said so far in the West, did not sound convincing for Moscow

Putin’s main goals are rather political and geopolitical. By threatening to use force against Ukraine, the Kremlin is raising stakes and seeking to strengthen its negotiating position in dialogue with Washington through blackmail. Most likely, Putin is trying to achieve many goals at the same time

For Ukraine and the West, the stakes remain high

The Kremlin’s goals in dealing with the West go far beyond seeking to return Ukraine to Russia’s sphere of influence.