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On 22 September, Kateryna Zarembo took part in an online-discussion “Human Security in Europe’s Eastern Neighborhood”

On 22 September, Kateryna Zarembo spoke at an online-event “Human Security in Europe’s Eastern Neighborhood”, organized by the New Europe Center and Carnegie Europe.

During the discussion, Kateryna Zarembo presented the analysis of the situation in Ukraine:

  • human security is not just a concept in strategic documents and research on international relations. The problems of providing such security is a challenge both for democratic and authoritarian regimes. How the Soviet authorities reacted to the nuclear accident in Chornobyl became an important trigger that precipitated the dissolution of the USSR. The failure of Belarus authorities to deal with the coronavirus pandemic was also one of the issues why people came out to the streets.
  • for Ukraine, 2020 is an “explosive mix” of security challenges: Russia’s armed aggression, the pandemic, rigged elections and protests in Belarus, and the values insecurity ​​(when democratic values and ensuring one’s own security may be in conflict).
  • the EU is not perceived as a hard security actor in Ukraine. It is rather seen as an actor that can help to secure democratic institutions in Ukraine. Ukrainians expect the EU to put pressure on Ukrainian authorities to carry out reforms. And the case of the appointment of the Head of the Specialized Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office illustrates how effective this leverage can be.

The full video recording of the discussion you may watch here.