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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  • Ukraine’s Visa Liberalization Saga
    • Monday, November 28, 2016

    Ukraine’s Visa Liberalization Saga

    Visa-free access to EU countries is a major attraction for Ukrainians. But delays in the process risk eroding the much-needed support of pro-EU movements in Ukraine.

  • A Step Toward Greater Transparency in Ukraine
    • Monday, October 31, 2016

    A Step Toward Greater Transparency in Ukraine

    A new database detailing the private assets of state officials, although imperfect, is a major step change in Ukrainian politics.

  • Local Change in the Making in Ukraine
    • Monday, October 03, 2016

    Local Change in the Making in Ukraine

    Across Ukraine, there are plenty of examples of local dynamism that contrast vividly with the country’s stalled reform efforts at the national level.

  • The Crimean Tatars and the Politics of Eurovision
    • Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    The Crimean Tatars and the Politics of Eurovision

    Ukraine’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest is as much a political message as a vote on musical taste.

  • To Be or Not to Be? Ukraine’s Minsk Process
    • Wednesday, March 02, 2016

    To Be or Not to Be? Ukraine’s Minsk Process

    An agreement to alleviate the conflict in eastern Ukraine has broken down. How can the peace process be revived?

  • Five Regional Assessments of the Refugee Crisis
    • Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Five Regional Assessments of the Refugee Crisis

    Five Carnegie Europe scholars discuss how the migration and refugee crisis is affecting different parts of the globe.

  • After Ukraine’s Local Elections: Early Misinterpretations
    • Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    After Ukraine’s Local Elections: Early Misinterpretations

    Even before the results of Ukraine’s recent local elections have been published, flawed conclusions are emerging from the postelection analysis.

  • Ukraine’s Testing Local Elections
    • Friday, October 23, 2015

    Ukraine’s Testing Local Elections

    The October 25 local elections in Ukraine are a major test of the country’s political mood, and the results will affect ongoing reform processes for the foreseeable future.

  • Remember Crimea? A Year Later
    • Friday, March 27, 2015

    Remember Crimea? A Year Later

    The first anniversary of Crimea’s annexation is an occasion to refocus on Ukraine’s central challenge: the need to implement domestic reforms and limit Russian leverage.

  • Ukraine’s “European” Parliament
    • Friday, October 31, 2014

    Ukraine’s “European” Parliament

    The pro-European result of Ukraine’s parliamentary election paves the way for structural reforms, but it does not point toward a resolution of the conflict with Russia.

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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