Peace On The Winner’s Terms Is The Goal Of Every War

Wars are no longer aiming at total destruction. Nowadays, it’s not enough to control the territory and natural resources. The fight is for the will of the people and the results of their intellectual work.
Surrendering weapons is not necessary for capitulation. Controlling media, electricity, gas, and water is the most effective weapon of mass destruction.
Do you want peace under your conditions? Remember who is your threat. Don’t let your enemy control your resources and your will.


Day 1 - October, 24 (Wednesday)


Venue: Restaurant Park Art of Rest, Lviv, Vitovskoho Str., 43 A

18.00 – 18.40 Cocktail


Daniel Seiberling, Representative of Hanns Seidel Foundation in Ukraine

18.50 – 19.30 Dinner


Speaker: Edward Lucas, writer, journalist, a senior fellow at CEPA (USA)

Presentation of the speaker by the co-chair of organizing committee Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges

20.45 Desert, informal communication

Upon invitation only (speakers + honourable guests)

Day 2 - October, 25 (Thursday)

08.00 – 09.00 Welcome coffee, registration


Oksana Syroyid, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament

Ben Hodges, Lt Gen Ret US Army

Andriy Sadovyy, Mayor of Lviv

Fr. Bohdan Prakh, PhD, Rector of Ukraine Catholic University


Speaker: Reka Szemerkenyi, Vice President of CEPA (USA)


Moderator: Oleksandr Sushko, Executive Director of International Renaissance Foundation (Ukraine)

  1. Wojciech Jakóbik, energy expert (Poland)
  2. Anke Schmidt –Felzmann, FPRI Baltic Sea Fellow and ThinkVisegrad Fellow at the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) (Sweden)
  3. Mykhaylo Honchar, Center for Global Studies “Strategy ХХІ” (Ukraine)
  4. Daniel Seiberling, Representative of Hanns Seidel Foundation in Ukraine (Germany)
  5. Martin Vladimirov, Analyst at Center for democracy studies (Bulgaria)

11.00 – 11.40 Coffee break


Venue: Park Room, ground floor

Oksana Syroyid, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament

Ben Hodges, Lt Gen Ret US Army


Moderator: Ben Hodges, Lt Gen Ret US Army (USA)

  1. Glen Howard, President of Jamestown Foundation (USA)
  2. Ihor Kabanenko, President of UA.RPA (Ukraine)
  3. Petro Tsygykal, The Head of State Border Service (Ukraine)

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch


Moderator: Ms Barbora Moronkova, Director at NATO Information and Documentation Centre, Kyiv (Slovak Republic)

  1. Veronika Vichova, European Values Foundation (Czech Republic)
  2. Nerijus Maliukevičius, Vilnius Institute of International Relations and Political Science (Lithuania)
  3. Serhiy Harmash, editor in chief of internet newspaper Ostrov (Ukraine)
  4. Mykhaylo Basarab, political expert (Ukraine)
  5. Victor Rud, the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of Ukrainian American Bar Association (USA)

15.15 – 16.00 Coffee break


Moderator: Denis Kazanskyi, journalist, blogger (Ukraine)

  1. Giorgi Kandelaki, Member of Parliament (Georgia)
  2. Dovilė Jakniūnaitė, Prof. Institute of International Relations and Political Science Vilnius University (Lithuania)
  3. Rosian Vasiloi, Security Analyst, Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (Moldova)
  4. Nataliya Ishchenko, journalist (Ukraine)
  5. Roman Bezsmertnyi, diplomat, politician (Ukraine)

17.45 Transfer to dinner


Venue: Museum and culture centre of bier history “Lvivarnya”, Kleparivska Str., 18

Entry with forum beige only

Presentation of the film “Short History of Western Civilization” by Serhiy Savchenko

Day 3 - October, 26 (Friday)


Moderator: Dmytro Sherengovskyi, PhD, Head of academic department UCU (Ukraine)


  1. Halyna Herasym, Ukrainian Catholic University;
  2. Lesya Ryabus, Taras Shevchenko National University Chernihiv Collegium;
  3. Mariya Vladymyrova, European University Viadrina in Berlin;
  4. Serhii Baglai, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy;
  5. Anastasiya Koberska, Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University;


Venue: Park Room, ground floor


Moderator:Dmytro Ferents, Hromadske Radio (Ukraine)

  1. Glen Grant, Former Colonel at British Army (UK)
  2. Shota Gvineria, Economic Policy Research Center (Georgia)
  3. Mark Voyger, Baltic Defence College, Department of Political and Strategic Studies, Eastern European and Russian Studies (Estonia)
  4. Pavlo Rozhko, Col. Ukrainian Armed Forces (Ukraine)
  5. Stepan Yakymyak, Ivan Chernyakhovskyi national defence university, chair of naval forces department, captain (Ukraine)

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break


Moderator: Bruno Lete, Senior Fellow GMF ( Belgium)

  1. Vladimir Socor, Senior Fellow of the Jamestown Foundation (USA/Germany)
  2. Roland Freundenstein, Deputy Director and Head of Research at Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies (Belgium)
  3. Steven Blockmans, Senior Research Fellow and Head of EU Foreign Policy Unit, CEPS (Belgium)
  4. Serhiy Datsyuk, political expert (Ukraine)

13.30 – 14.15 CLOSING SESSION

Moderator: Oksana Syroid, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament

  1. Ben Hodges, Lt Gen Ret US Army (USA)
  2. Henning Senger, Deputy Head of Department for European and Transatlantic Dialogue, Hanns Seidel Foundation (Germany)
  3. Oleksandr Sushko, Executive Director of International Renaissance Foundation (Ukraine)
  4. Bruno Lete, Senior Fellow GMF (Belgium)
  5. Christian Holm Barenfeld, Board Member of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation (Sweden)

14.15 – 15.15 Reception




Pavlo Rozhko
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Lieutenant colonel, Head of the Training Center of the  International Peacekeeping and Security Center to Hetman Petro Sahaidachny National Army Academy (Ukraine)

Pavlo Rozhko, lieutenant colonel, was born in Dresden in the family of a serviceman. In 2000 he graduated from the Kharkiv Institute of tank troops named after the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. After the Institute he served in the army in the ranks from platoon commander to battalion commander. In 2013 he graduated from the Ivan Chernyakhovsky National Defense University (Ukraine). Since 2015 until now he is the Head of the Training Center of the International Peacekeeping and Security Center to Hetman Petro Sahaidachny National Army Academy (Ukraine).

Stepan Yakymyak
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Head of the Naval Forces department of the National Defense University of Ukraine. Stepan Yakymyak is the Head of the Naval Forces department of the National Defense University of Ukraine, Associate Professor, he holds a master degree in State Military Management and a PhD in Military Sciences. He served on ships of the Black Sea Fleet in USSR, in the Headquarters of the Anti-Terrorist Operation on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. During the service, he participated in military operations in the territory of Georgia in 1991 and in the territory of Ukraine in 2015-2016, took part in the development of the strategic planning of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in 2005-2018 and scientific grounding of the naval defence in 2014-2018.

Martin Vladimirov
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Energy security expert, Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) (Bulgaria). Martin Vladimirov is an energy security expert specializing in natural gas and renewables markets at the European policy think tank, Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD). His work at CSD focuses on the analysis of the energy security and governance risks in Europe, political risk and international security. Before joining CSD, Mr. Vladimirov worked as an oil and gas consultant at The Oil and Gas Year, where he worked in Turkey, Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia. Previously, he worked as an energy and economic analyst for CEE Market Watch, where he was producing intra-daily analyses of economic and energy issues for Iran and Central Asia. Meanwhile, he has been a remote political risk analyst for IHS Global and Argus Media writing assessment briefs for Bulgaria, the Balkans, South Caucasus and Central Asia on energy and political issues. He holds a Master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He has written several academic publications, multiple policy reports and is the co-author of two recent books on Russian influence including the Kremlin Playbook: Understanding Russian Influence in Central and Eastern Europe and the upcoming The Russian Economic Grip on Central and Eastern Europe. 

Sergii Datsiuk
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Philosopher, theorist, thinker, publicist, blogger (Ukraine). Sergii Datsiuk is the author of 7 books – theoretical works on fundamental philosophy, the theory of ontology, logic, semiology, semantics, structural linguistics, artificial intelligence, communication theory, the theory of politics (‘Theory of Virtual Reality” (2008), “Ontologization” (2009), “Horizons of Constructivism” (2010), “Theory of Perspectives” (2011), “The Complex New World” (2012), “Intellectual Politics” (2010), “Moment of Philosophy” (2013). After graduating from the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv State University in 1991, he has worked in consulting and political decisions expertise. Since 2002 he has worked as a Consultant at the Strategic Consulting Corporation «Gardarica». Since 2018 co-founder of Foundation For Future.

Roman Bezsmertnyi
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Roman Bezsmertnyi, politician and diplomat, one of the authors of the Constitution of Ukraine, PhD in political sciences

Roman Bezsmertnyi was born November 15, 1965, in Kyiv region. Peoples Deputy of Ukraine of several convocations. In 2005, he was the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine. In 2007-2008, he worked as the deputy head of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine. From February 2010 till June 2011 he served as the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus. During 2015-16 he was the representative of Ukraine in the political subgroup of the Tripartite Contact Group on the Peaceful Settlement of the Situation in the East of Ukraine. Non-party.

Wojciech Jakóbik
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Since 2013, Wojciech Jakóbik is an analyst at the Jagiellonian Institute think tank based in Warsaw and the co-founder and Editor in Chief of, an information and analysis web-publication in Poland. He received his bachelor degree in Political Science and a master degree in International Relations from Jagiellonian University. Jakóbiks analysis and comments are regularly used on Poland’s most popular media outlets.

Veronika Víchová
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Analyst and a Coordinator of the Kremlin Watch Program at the European Values Think-Tank (Czech Republic). Veronika Víchová is an Analyst and a Coordinator of the Kremlin Watch Program at the European Values Think-Tank. She co-authored a study on how Kremlin propaganda portrays European leaders which were published by The Atlantic Council and an Overview of countermeasures by the EU28 to the Kremlin´s influence operations. She compiles the Kremlin Watch Briefing, a weekly newsletter on disinformation and influence operations for more than 7.000 European experts, journalists and officials. She participated in the Transatlantic Fellowship Program in Washington DC organized by the World Affairs Journal, which she spent at the office of Senator Rob Portman. She has graduated from the New Security Leaders Program in 2017.

Steven Blockmans
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Steven Blockmans is a senior research fellow and the head of the EU foreign policy and politics and institutions units of CEPS. His expertise lies at the crossroads of international and EU law and governance. Steven is and one of the founding members of the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER). Before joining CEPS, he was head of the department of research at the T.M.C. Asser Institute, the Hague. For more than 15 years, he has combined his academic and lecturing work (University of Leuven, Leiden University, University of Amsterdam, European Institute of Public Administration) with contract research carried out for EU and national donors, consultancy activities and training for professionals. Steven holds a PhD in law from Leiden University, MA in Public International Law, Leiden University, Diploma in Political and Social Sciences, Institut d’Études Politiques, Paris.

Amb. Shota Gvineria
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With 16 years of progressive working experience in the government sector, mainly in foreign relations and security policy areas, Amb. Shota Gvineria held senior management positions in national government agencies and missions abroad, including Deputy Secretary of National Security Council of Georgia (2017 – 2018), Ambassador at Large for NATO Security Policy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2016 – 2017) Foreign Policy Advisor to the Minister of Defense of Georgia (2015 – 2016), Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (2010 -2014) and other. Participated in the design and implementation process of Georgia’s reform agenda and possesses expert knowledge of integration processes with European and Euro-Atlantic structures. He is a graduate of National Defense University, Washington DC, Diplomatic School of Madrid, Spain 2004 – 2005 (Master’s in strategic security studies, international security affairs and combating terrorism) and Georgian Technical University, Tbilisi.

Rosian Vasiloi
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Rosian Vasiloi, the 45-year-old retired colonel from Moldova’s Border Police (former Deputy Head of the Border Police Department) who worked also for the OSCE mission in Bishkek and The Nonproliferation Security Sector Strategic Business Unit of URS Federal Services International Inc. (URSFSII). He is now a security and military analyst associate to the Chisinau-based Institute for Development and Social Initiatives – IDIS Viitorul. Research areas: Security Policies, Border management and Migration policies, Crisis management, Risk Management and Analysis, Strategic Communications and Conflict resolutions. He is the author of the publications on Russia’s impact on the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, information warfare and settlement of the Transnistrian conflict.

Roland Freudenstein
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Roland Freudenstein was born in Bonn, Germany. After two-year voluntary military service, he studied political science, economics, Japan studies and international relations in Bonn and Los Angeles. Having worked as a research fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations, he became a member of the foreign and security planning staff of the European Commission in Brussels in the 1990s. Subsequently, he became the director of the Warsaw office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and later held a leading function in the Foundation’s central office in Berlin. After coming back to Brussels in 2004, he represented the German city-state of Hamburg to the EU. Roland Freudenstein has been, since 2008, Head of Research and Deputy Director of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and, since October 2015, its Policy Director.

Amb. Reka Szemerkenyi
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Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi is executive Vice President of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). From 2015 to 2017, Szemerkényi was Hungary’s first woman ambassador to the United States. She was a chief advisor in foreign and security policy to the prime minister of Hungary (2011-15), state secretary for foreign and security policy in the prime minister’s office (1998-2002) and senior advisor to the state secretary in the Ministry of Defense (1991-94), at the time of Hungary’s efforts to join NATO and the Kosovo war. Szemerkényi was a university lecturer, foreign affairs op-ed writer, director of foreign policy programs of the 21st Century Research Institute in Budapest (2002-06). Szemerkényi earned a PhD summa cum laude in economic history (Pázmány Péter Catholic University (2006), a master’s degree in strategic studies (Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. (1993-95), a master’s in international relations from the Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales in Nice, France (1990-91), and from ELTE University Budapest (1985-1990). Szemerkényi is an elected member of the European Council on Foreign Relations since 2016 and serves as vice president of the Hungarian Atlantic Council.

Prof. Dovile Jakniunaite
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Dr. Dovile Jakniunaite is a professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University and head of the Institute’s Department of International Relations. She specialises in foreign policy analysis, security studies, border studies, territorial conflicts and separatism, EU Eastern Partnership policy. She is the author of the books on Georgia’s territorial conflicts (2017) and Russias neighbourhood policy (2007), editor of a monograph on Lithuanian foreign policy (2016). She is currently working on the role of borders in secessionist movements, the future of the EU foreign policy and contributing to the Horizon 2020 project on the EU and Eastern Partnership countries.

Oleksandr Sushko
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Olexandr Sushko is the Executive Director of the Renaissance Foundation since January 2018. He has a PhD in politology in the sphere of international relations from the Institute of world economics and international relations of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He worked as a monitoring coordinator and director of the Centre of peace, conversion and foreign policy of Ukraine, as a senior fellow of the Institute of world economics and international relations. He became Head of the Board of the Renaissance Foundation since 2011. In 2012 he was appointed as National Coordinator of the Ukrainian national platform of the Civil Society Forum “Eastern Partnership” In 2014 he was elected co-head of the civil society platform “Ukraine-EU”, which is a civil society organization envisaged by art. 469-470 of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

Dr. Nerijus Maliukevičius
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Dr. Nerijus Maliukevičius is the leading Lithuanian expert in information warfare, strategic communication and conflict management as well as Russian studies. He is the author of two books about Russian information warfare strategies. He works as a scientific researcher and lecturer in the Institute of International Relations and Political Science (Vilnius University). He lectures in General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania. His PhD thesis focused on the potential and spread of Russian informational geopolitics in Lithuania. 

Natalia Ishchenko
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Natalia Ischenko started to work in political journalism in 1994 and was a correspondent for leading Ukrainian mass media. From the late 1990s until mid-2010 he worked in the field of political and media consulting. Since 2014, she is an active volunteer in the field of information. In 2014, she was one of the curators of the photo exhibition Donbas: “War and Peace”, which was exhibited in the European Parliament in Brussels and in other European capitals. In 2016, she was one of the organizers of the international program to study Croatia’s experience of peaceful reintegration of the occupied territories. She is a permanent contributor of the Day newspaper, writes for Uryadovy Kuryer and the Internet web-site Evropeiska Pravda. She also makes research for think tanks. Field of study – conflicts in the post-Soviet space and in the former Yugoslavia; media and communications. In 2017, she became the winner of the James Mace Award for a civic position in journalism.

Lyubomyr Ferens
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Lyubomyr Ferens works as a journalist, editor and presenter of the programs Hromadska hvylia and Rankova hvylia at Hromadkse radio. He worked as a journalist at the TV channels TVi and Crimean-Tatar channel ATR and also for the Slidstvo.Info program.

Lt Col (Retired) Glen Grant
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Glen Grant is a defence expert working for the Ukrainian Institute For the Future and the UK Institute For Statecraft. He is a former British Artillery Officer. Glen Grant gained his military experience from a wide range of activities including an exchange with the Swedish Army, commanding the military prison, working in four different Brigade Headquarters and policy and operational work in UK, Germany and NATO. He was a defence attache in three countries. Glen has a masters degree in Change Management. Since leaving the forces he has been working in business and the public sector as a transformation consultant. He has also worked in over 10 countries providing defence reform. Glen is a former international athlete holding a national Wales record at 1500m and now coaches endurance sports.

Edward Lucas
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Edward Lucas is a writer and consultant specialising in European and transatlantic security. His expertise also includes energy, cyber-security, espionage, information warfare and Russian foreign and security policy. Formerly a senior editor at The Economist, the world’s foremost newsweekly, he now writes a weekly column in the London Times. In 2008 he wrote The New Cold War, a prescient account of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, followed in 2011 by Deception, an investigative account of east-west espionage. His latest book is Cyberphobia. An experienced broadcaster, public speaker, moderator and panellist, Edward Lucas has given public lectures at Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and other leading universities. He is a regular contributor to the BBC’s Today and Newsnight programmes, and to NPR, CNN and Sky News. For many years a foreign correspondent, he was based in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Moscow and the Baltic states.

Dr. Anke Schmidt-Felzmann
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Dr. Anke Schmidt-Felzmann @anke_sf is a Swedish-German researcher, focusing on European security and EU/NATO relations with Russia. She is currently a (non-resident) FPRI Baltic Sea Fellow @FPRI @balticbulletin and a visiting #Think Visegrad Fellow, based at the Centre for Eastern Studies @OSW_eng in Warsaw. She holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow (UK). As a post-doctoral researcher at Stockholm University and at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) she has investigated the EU’s trade disputes and energy market conflicts with Russia. She has lectured on security policy and the EU at the Military Academy of Lithuania, the Polish Land Forces University in Wroclaw, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Dalarna University in Falun and Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Her publications investigate the EU-Russia relationship, energy supply security (incl. NS2), the Eastern Partnership and Baltic Sea security with a particular focus on the security challenges from Russia.

Bruno Lété
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Bruno Lété currently serves as a senior fellow of security and defence at The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Brussels. He focuses primarily on the EU Common Security & Defense Policy, NATO, and developments in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2010, Lété joined the European Union Delegation to the United States in Washington, DC, where he supported the political, security, and development section and focused on U.S. foreign policy and EU–U.S. relations. He started his career in 2007 as a program associate for the German Marshall Fund, where he helped developed GMF’s signature policy conferences such as Brussels Forum. Lété studied at the University of Ghent in Belgium and at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, Poland. He holds a bachelor’s in communication management and a master’s in international relations. He appears regularly in the media and is the author of frequent opinion pieces and policy briefs. In 2008 he was made a John C. Whitehead Fellow by the Foreign Policy Association in New York City.

Barbora Maronkova
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Barbora Moronkova is the Director of NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine since March 2017. Previously she worked for NATO’s Press and Media office, program manager for the Western Balkans where she designed, planned and implemented public diplomacy campaigns about joining the NATO and program coordinator to raise awareness and promote NATO in a number of NATO member states in the NATO Public Diplomacy Division in Brussels, Belgium. In 2003, she established and headed the Slovak-based NGO Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs to contribute to the public and academic debate on Slovakia’s membership to the EU and NATO. She holds a degree from the University of Economics of Bratislava, Slovak Republic and a Public Affairs diploma from the Chartered Institute for Public Relations in the UK. She currently serves as a non-resident Research Fellow with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

Serhiy Harmash
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Serhiy Harmash is the editor in chief of the Internet newspaper Ostrov. He holds a degree from the Institue of Journalism of the Kyiv National Shevchenko University. He worked as a journalist of various newspapers and radio channels, including the Radio Liberty (Radio Svoboda) and Interfax Ukraine in the Donetsk region.

Maria Zavyalova
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Mariya Zavyalova is the editor in chief of the news service of the Ukrainian Chanel 4. Previously she worked as a reporter for Voice of America and other mass media, fixer for Aljazeera Arabic during the Maidan, producer and owner of the video production studio, journalist and news anchor at Hromadske radio. She has extensive experience in highlighting the events in Eastern Ukraine. She graduated from the Kyiv international institute with a degree in philology.

Mark Voyger
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Mr. Mark Voyger is currently the Senior Lecturer in Russian and Eastern European Studies at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia. In 2013 – 2018 he served as the Special Advisor for Russian and Eurasian Affairs to the Commanding General of US Army Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany, and as the Cultural Advisor and Senior Russia Expert at NATO’s Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey. Between 2009 and 2013 he was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Army Social Scientist. He worked for Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaigns in 2007 and in 2012 as a member of the Russia Advisory Group. Mr. Voyger holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and has done PhD research in Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University. He is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Arabic, Turkish, French, Spanish and Italian.

Mykhaylo Basarab
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Born in Drohobych, Lviv region. Graduated from Taras Shevchenko national university, major in politology. Received PhD at Institute of political and ethnical national studies of the National Academy of Sciences. Since 2000 he works in political consulting, especially on communication strategies. Author of numerous publications. Regularly comments political processes and international relations in media. He takes an active part in public discussion of the draft laws related to occupied territories. He is one of the initiators of the public campaign “No to amendments to Constitution under conditions of war” He was also one of the founders of the civic movement “Shut Kremlin’s mouth” which counteracts hidden Russian media in Ukraine.

Victor Rud
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Victor Rud is an international lawyer with 35 years of experience. Before the fall of the Soviet Union he represented, in the West, political prisoners persecuted by the KGB. He also served as Special Counsel to a member of the US Delegation to the Madrid Review Conference on Security & Cooperation in Europe. After the fall of USSR, Mr Rud advised members of the new Ukrainian Parliament and has written and addressed various audiences on issues of US/Ukrainian/Russian relations. He is past Chairman of the Ukrainian American Bar Association, and currently chairs its Committee on Foreign Affairs. Mr Rud received his undergraduate degree in international relations from Harvard College, and his Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law.

Vladimir Socor
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Vladimir Socor is a Senior Fellow of the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation and its flagship publication, Eurasia Daily Monitor (1995 to date), where he writes analytical articles on a daily basis. An internationally recognized expert on the former Soviet-ruled countries in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia, he covers Russian and Western policies there, focusing on energy policies, regional security issues, secessionist conflicts, and NATO policies and programs. He is a regular guest lecturer at the NATO Defense College and at Harvard University’s National Security Program’s Black Sea Program (JFKennedy School of Government). Vladimir Socor was previously an analyst with the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute (1983-1994). He was born in Romania, currently residing in Munich.

Denys Kazanskyi
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Born in 1984. In 2006 he graduated from the Tugan Baranovskyi Donetsk National University of economy and trade. Became famous as a blogger under the nickname Frankenstein. He also worked in Donetskaya Pravda magazine, which published his journalistic investigations and analytics.

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges
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Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges graduated from the United States Military Academy in May 1980 and was commissioned in the Infantry. After his first assignment as an Infantry Lieutenant in Germany, he commanded Infantry units at the Company, Battalion and Brigade levels at the 101st Airborne Division and in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. His most recent operational assignment was as Director of Operations, Regional Command South, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Lt. Gen. Hodges has also served in a variety of Joint and Army Staff positions to include Tactics Instructor at the Infantry School; Chief of Plans, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Army Congressional Liaison Officer; Task Force Senior Observer-Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA; Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg; and Director of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell on the Joint Staff; Chief of Legislative Liaison for the United States Army. He has been the Commander of NATO Allied Land Command from 2012 to 2014.

Mr. Glen Howard
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Mr. Howard is fluent in Russian and proficient in Azerbaijani and Arabic and is a regional expert on the Caucasus and Central Asia. He was formerly an Analyst at the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) Strategic Assessment Center. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, and Jane’s Defense Weekly. Mr. Howard has served as a consultant to the private sector and governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Intelligence Council and major oil companies operating in Central Asia and the Middle East.

Oksana Syroyid
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As an MP worked on draft laws on judicial reform, reform of police and prosecution, local self-government reform, as well as actively participated in the work of the Constitutional Commission established in March 2015. She dedicates much of her time to defence and security issues, having contributed a draft law “On the Territory of Ukraine temporary Occupied by Russian Federation”. Oksana Syroid has previously has worked as Director of All-Ukrainian Charitable Foundation “Ukrainian Legal Foundation”. In 2004-2012 she was the National Project Manager and the Head of Rule of Law Unit at OSCE office in Ukraine. In 2001-2002 she worked in Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. She is a lecturer at the National School of Judges of Ukraine, co-author of handbooks in the area of administrative justice, as well as associate professor of the Law Faculty at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and a co-founder of Kyiv-Mohyla School of Public Administration. Oksana Syroid holds Master degree in Laws at University of Ottawa, Ottawa and Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University and Bachelor degree in Political sciences at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Mykhaylo Honchar
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Mykhaylo Honchar has over 31 years of professional experience which includes service in the air forces, civil service in the National Defence and Security Council of Ukraine, scientific work at the National Institute of strategic studies and National Institute of the problems of international security at the National Defence and Security Council of Ukraine. In the 2000s he held several positions in the oil and gas industry. He holds the honorary award from the “Naftohas Ukrayiny” for his work. Mr Honchar was also the expert of the Ukrainian part of the intergovernmental commissions on economic cooperation with Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey. He is the author, co-author and editor of the numerous publications on energy sector issues and international relations. Since 2016 he is the member of the National Commission on the industry. Since 2017 he is the acting editor of the “Black Sea Security” magazine. He is the associated fellow of the Razumkov Center and the Center of Russian Studies.

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