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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  • What Hope for Ukraine and the Normandy Four Summit?
    • Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    What Hope for Ukraine and the Normandy Four Summit?

    Putin holds all the cards to maintain political leverage through a persistent low-intensity war in the Donbas.

  • Who Is Who in the Ukrainian Parliament?
    • Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    Who Is Who in the Ukrainian Parliament?

    Government and parliament are accepting President Zelenskiy’s proposals and orders too readily, thereby turning the Ukrainian political system into much more of a presidential system than it has ever been.

  • A New Start for the Ukrainian Parliament
    • Tuesday, July 23, 2019

    A New Start for the Ukrainian Parliament

    After Ukraine’s president wins a majority in the country’s parliament, the potential for real change exists, but it comes with the risk that the government could lose sight of socioeconomic and political priorities.

  • Taking Stock of Zelenskiy’s Presidency
    • Tuesday, June 18, 2019

    Taking Stock of Zelenskiy’s Presidency

    Ukraine’s recently elected President Volodymyr Zelenskiy remains largely unknown in European capitals. His true colors will come through only after Ukraine’s parliamentary election later this year.

  • What Does Zelenskiy’s Victory Say About Ukraine?
    • Tuesday, April 23, 2019

    What Does Zelenskiy’s Victory Say About Ukraine?

    The term “protest vote” does not really capture the full picture about the election result. It was a conscious vote against the incumbent and expressed hope for a new start in Ukrainian politics beyond identity cleavages.

  • Ukraine: What Comes After the Presidential Election?
    • Thursday, March 07, 2019

    Ukraine: What Comes After the Presidential Election?

    It is high time for Europe and the United States to pay much closer attention to Ukrainian politics and the whole range of possible outcomes of the elections ahead.

  • Ukrainian Society Ahead of the Elections
    • Thursday, February 07, 2019

    Ukrainian Society Ahead of the Elections

    The continuing war in Ukraine plays an important role in shaping politics and public perceptions in the run-up to this year’s elections. It turns out that identity issues are much more nuanced than the campaign rhetoric suggests.

  • 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.

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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