De-escalation or Stalemate in 2020? Russian/Ukrainian politics and Eastern European regional dynamics
The Policy Center for the New South will receive Vladislav Davidzon for a closed door meeting with the International Relations research team and the Policy Center’s senior fellows on Thursday 13th of February 2020.
He will give a presentation under the theme "De-escalation or Stalemate in 2020? Russian/Ukrainian politics and Eastern European regional dynamics."
The talk will focus on the internal politics in both Kyiv and Moscow as presidents Putin and Zelensky both seem ready to change the dynamics of the two nations’ relationship after five years of unremitting conflict:
- Is Ukrainian president Zelensky really looking to end the war and draw down Ukrainian troops in the east? What are the technical obstacles he will have to face?
- Russian president Putin has been in power for twenty years, but he now seems to be making moves to transition Russia to a new generation of leadership in 2024. To what extent is that true?
- Nationalist feelings are rising all across Eastern Europe and the dynamic between Eastern European states have grown much more complicated as Moscow continues to flex its muscles in the midst of the 75th anniversary of the conclusion of World War 2. What is the state of the memory politics between Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Israel in the midst of all this and what does this mean for Russian expansion across the Middle East?
Closed door meeting
Vladislav Davidzon, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Odessa Review
Vladislav Davidzon is the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Odessa Review and is also Tablet Magazine’s European culture critic. As well as being a policy analyst, he is also a film producer focusing on films and television series which deal with the collapse of the Soviet Union. His literary criticism and reportage have appeared in Bookforum, The Wall Street Journal, The American Interest, The New York Observer, World Affairs Journal, Foreign Policy, The Forward, and the Atlantic Council's Atlanticist. He holds a degree in human rights from the EMA program in Venice, Italy and has reported widely from Eastern Europe, France, and Ukraine, and was previously Ukraine Today’s Paris bureau chief and French correspondent.
Hajar El Alaoui, Research Assistant in International Relations, Policy Center for the New South
Hajar El Alaoui is a Research Assistant in the Geopolitics and International Relations’ research program at the Policy Center for the New South where she focuses on diplomatic affairs, soft power, religious, International security and defense studies. She holds a Master's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University Lyon III Jean Moulin, a Master's degree in International Relations and International Security and Defense from the same university and a degree in Political Science - Political Sociology of the University Paris XIII Sorbonne Cité de Paris.