The Work Goes On: Ukrainian Scholars Speak on Security, Development, and Regional Cooperation

Apr 8, 2022

The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies hosted an online roundtable discussion on “The Work Goes On: Ukrainian Scholars Speak on Security, Development and Regional Cooperation” on Thursday, April 21, from 12:00-1:00 pm ET.

The AABS and the Baltic scholarly community are watching with horror at the invasion of Ukraine, and our attention is devoted to the war and its consequences, most of all for the Ukrainian people. The AABS Board of Directors has condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and calls on President Putin to immediately withdraw all Russian forces from Ukraine.

This roundtable brought together three scholars from Ukraine – Volodymyr Dubovyk, Pavlo Fedorchenko-Kutuyev, and Marianna Gladysh – in order to discuss their recent work on security, development, and regional cooperation, and the ongoing war’s effect on the Ukrainian academia and research.

 A recording of the roundtable is available at the bottom of this page.


Volodymyr Dubovyk

Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University


Volodymyr Dubovyk is Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies, Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University (Ukraine). He has conducted research at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1997, 2006-2007), at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland (2002), taught at the University of Washington (Seattle) in 2013 and at St. Edwards university/University of Texas (Austin) in 2016-17. He is the co-author of “Ukraine and European Security” (Macmillan, 1999) and has published numerous articles on US-Ukraine relations, regional and international security, and Ukraine’s foreign policy. His areas of expertise include Ukraine, Transatlantic Relations, U.S., and Black Sea security.

Pavlo Fedorchenko-Kutuyev

Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute


Pavlo Fedorchenko-Kutuyev is a sociologist and political scientist based in Kyiv. He is professor of sociology and Sociology Department chair at Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. He is working in the area of sociology of modernization and development, social theory of modernity, historical sociology of the developmental state and comparative politics of the post-communist transformations. He is the author of three books and numerous articles in sociology, comparative politics and history of social thought.

Dr. Fedorchenko-Kutuyev is currently designing a project addressing the two-fold challenge facing Ukraine after the war ends. It’s imperative to reinvent the Ukrainian polity so it becomes a strong and efficient developmental state capable of launching and implementing a comprehensive project of societal modernization. Concurrently Ukraine has to further promote democratization of its institutions and practices. These tasks are not easily reconcilable. Yet, Ukraine’s chance at winning peace after the war hinges on reconciliation and mutual reinforcement of these conflicting trends.

Marianna Gladysh

Ivan Franko National University of Lviv


Marianna Gladysh is Associate Professor of the Department of International Relations and Diplomatic Service at the Faculty of International Relations, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. From 2016–2021 she was the Administrative Coordinator of the Erasmus+ KA 2 project “Rethinking Regional Studies: Baltic and Black Sea Connection (BBSR)” and Coordinator of the MA Programme “Baltic-Black Sea Regional Studies” in English. From 2010 till present time she is Head of the Centre of Northern European countries at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. Her scientific fields of interest include resilience, Baltic-Black Sea cooperation, foreign and security policy of the Baltic States, and EU-Ukraine relations.


Dovilė Budrytė

Georgia Gwinnett College

Dovilė Budrytė (PhD, Old Dominion University) served as Vice President of Publications on the AABS board in 2016-2018 and 2018-2020. She is Professor of Political Science and Chair of Faculty (Political Science) at Georgia Gwinnett College. In 2015, 2018 and 2019 she was a visiting professor at Vilnius University and Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. She has published articles and books on various topics related to minority rights and memory politics in Lithuania, including Memory and Trauma in International Relations: Theories, Cases and Debates (co-editor with Erica Resende, Routledge 2013), and Crisis and Change in Post-Cold War Global Politics: Ukraine in a Comparative Perspective (co-edited with Erica Resende and Didem Buhari, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). In 2014/15, she was the recipient of the University System of Georgia Excellence in Teaching Award.

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