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School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy
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Belfast BT7 1PA
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The project studies the empirical puzzle of Ukrainian and Moldovan ‘multi-vector’ policies or the phenomenon of their simultaneous orientation towards the EU and Russia. It parts away from the traditional interpretation of their foreign policies as influenced by domestic factors, and argues for greater explanatory role of external ones. More specifically, Ukraine’s and Moldova’s lack of foreign policy direction is explained by contradictory inputs from the EU and Russia, presenting different types of expansionism and having competing interests in their ‘shared neighbourhood’. The project advances a set of hypotheses on Ukraine’s and Moldova’s foreign policy output, as a response to the EU normative influence and Russian material pressure. Apart from its theoretical value, the project has policy relevance, as it informs the EU policy-makers on the workings of Ukrainian and Moldovan foreign policies and raises awareness of challenges to the EU external policy in the Eastern neighbourhood.
PhD candidate, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen\s University Belfast, UK, September 2006-present
MA Degree with Distinction in International Relations and European Studies, Outstanding Thesis Award 2004/2005, Central European University (CEU), Budapest (Hungary), 2004-2005
Political Science Department, Florence State University, Florence (Italy), 2000-2001
BA Degree with Distinction in History and Theory of International Relations, Ural State University, Ekaterinburg (Russia), 1997-2002
Expertise and Research
Teaching Assistant on Contemporary European Politics, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast, from 2 October 2007
Conference “Security of Energy Supply in the New Europe”, University of Glasgow, 19-20 September 2007, Paper “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Ukrainian Energy Policy”
GARNET Summer school, “Methodological issues in the Europeanization Studies’, 2-7 July 2007, Paper “Measuring EU Normative Influence: Ukrainian Foreign and Domestic Policy”;
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Copenhagen (Denmark), Research Fellow, April – September 2006.
Centre for Policy Studies, Research Assistant for “Policymaking in Transition Contexts” project, July 2005 – April 2006.
Languages Russian (native), English (excellent), Italian (excellent), Romanian/Moldovan (intermediate)