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#4 UkraineMEMO: Russia's war against Ukraine – What makes it so complex?

Ukrainian resilience, Russian identity politics and the unity of the West: In episode 4 of UkraineMEMO we shed light on unexpected turns in the course of the war, its regional and international level, and lessons for the future.

Russia's ongoing war of aggression is a daily reminder of Ukraine's resilience and its political and societal will for freedom, self-determination and democracy. What makes Ukraine as a state and society so resilient in the fight against Russian aggression? What is the basis of the West's misjudgements with regard to Ukraine and Russia? And what conclusions can Germany and the international community draw from the course of the war so far?

We discuss these and other questions in conversation with:

Dr. Susan Stewart, Senior Fellow in the Eastern Europe and Eurasia Research Division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Her research focuses on Ukraine's domestic and foreign policy as well as EU-Russia relations. She also specialises on the development of civil society in Eastern Europe and the role of human rights in foreign policy. She is currently on sabbatical.

Moderators: Ljudmyla Melnyk & Arthur Molt

Episode #4 of the UkraineMEMO podcast is also available on:

With its podcast "UkraineMEMO: Interviews, Analysis, Policy Advice", IEP presents new perspectives on Ukraine. With guests from Germany and Ukraine, Ljudmyla Melnyk discusses recent developments in the areas of Ukrainian politics, economy and society and thus provides an insight into the events on the ground that are moving the country. Ukraine's relationship with Germany and the EU is always kept in mind.

The UkraineMEMO podcast is part of the “German-Ukrainian Researchers Network” (GURN 2) project and is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Team & authors

About the GURN – German Ukrainian Researchers Network project: The cooperation between think tanks and politics are strengthened. GURN focuses on knowledge transfer, capacity building and bilateral dialogue. Current developments and German-Ukrainian relations are discussed in a variety of formats.

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