Gwendolyn Sasse

Nonresident Senior Fellow
Carnegie Europe

Sasse is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe. Her research focuses on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, EU enlargement, and comparative democratization.

Gwendolyn Sasse is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe. Her research focuses on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, EU enlargement, and comparative democratization.

Sasse is the director of the newly founded Centre for East European Research and International Studies (Zentrum für Osteuropa- und internationale Studien, ZOiS) in Berlin.

She is also professor of comparative politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the University of Oxford, where she also works on ethnic conflict, minority issues, migration, and diaspora politics.

Prior to her 2007 arrival in Oxford, Sasse was a senior lecturer in the European Institute and the Department of Government at the London School of Economics.

Her most recent books include The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict (Harvard University Press, 2007), which won the Alexander Nove Prize awarded by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies; Europeanization and Regionalization in the EU’s Enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe: the Myth of Conditionality (Palgrave, 2004; co-authored with James Hughes and Claire Gordon); and Ethnicity and Territory in the Former Soviet Union: Regions in Conflict (Frank Cass, 2001; co-edited with James Hughes). She has also published extensively in academic journals.

Sasse is a member of the Advisory Council of the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany. She comments regularly on East European politics, in particular Ukraine, in U.S., British, and European media outlets.

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  • Crimea Annexation 2.0
    • Thursday, November 29, 2018

    Crimea Annexation 2.0

    Similar to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Western powers have been confined to watching events from the sidelines without finding an effective response—so far.

  • Trump and Putin Go Home
    • Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    Trump and Putin Go Home

    The Helsinki summit painfully underlined that the global order is under a frontal attack—and that the West is struggling to respond.

  • Ukraine’s New Military Engagement in the Donbas
    • Thursday, May 03, 2018

    Ukraine’s New Military Engagement in the Donbas

    The gap between U.S. and EU views on Ukraine is hindering an effective Western strategy to end the war in the country’s eastern region.

  • What Does Russia’s Presidential Election Mean for Ukraine?
    • Monday, March 26, 2018

    What Does Russia’s Presidential Election Mean for Ukraine?

    Improved bilateral relations between Kyiv and Moscow can only be expected in the post-Putin and post-Poroshenko era.

  • Ukraine and the EU: So Close and Yet So Far
    • Monday, February 26, 2018

    Ukraine and the EU: So Close and Yet So Far

    Ukraine’s reforms depend as much on the country’s leaders on as on consistent, forceful, and unified EU pressure.

  • Ukraine’s Youth: Politically Disinterested and Low Trust in the EU
    • Monday, January 29, 2018

    Ukraine’s Youth: Politically Disinterested and Low Trust in the EU

    The political apathy of Ukraine’s youth should come as a warning, especially at a moment when those in government are putting personal interests ahead of the country’s reform agenda.

  • High Time to End the War in Ukraine
    • Monday, December 04, 2017

    High Time to End the War in Ukraine

    The political conditions for a resolution of the war in Donbas are deteriorating on all sides.

  • What Is the Public Mood Like in Crimea?
    • Monday, November 06, 2017

    What Is the Public Mood Like in Crimea?

    A new survey spells out the disrupted links to the rest of Ukraine, limited travel by Crimeans to other parts of Russia, a near-complete integration into the Russian media sphere, and continuing repression of the Tatars.

  • Ukraine’s Poorly Timed Education Law
    • Monday, October 02, 2017

    Ukraine’s Poorly Timed Education Law

    Endorsing bilingualism in education would be the inspired and progressive option for the Ukrainian leadership.

  • A Reminder to Continue Ukraine Reforms
    • Monday, September 04, 2017

    A Reminder to Continue Ukraine Reforms

    Without renewed domestic commitment to reforms, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement will bring about little change in Ukraine.

Education

PhD, Department of Government, London School of Economics
MSc in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Department of Government, London School of Economics

Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian
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