Meeting of the Ukrainian-Kazakh Expert Council

Director of The New Geopolitics Research Network (NGRN) Mykhailo Samus and Head of the Asian Section NGRN Yurii Poita within the framework of the work of the Ukrainian-Kazakh Expert Council, together with representatives of the Association for Political Studies of Kazakhstan, took part in discussing the development of the international situation around Ukraine in Kazakhstan in the new conditions.

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the consequences of global and regional changes for our countries?
  • What will be the policy of the Joe Biden administration in relation to Ukraine and Kazakhstan?
  • What are the key risks and threats for Ukraine and Kazakhstan this year?
  • What new common ground between Ukraine and Kazakhstan might be found and what strategies can be chosen as a response to the rapidly changing environment?

The parties agreed to intensify joint work on issues of historical memory, as well as within the framework of the “Geopolitics. 30 Years After”.

For reference: the Ukrainian-Kazakh Expert Council is a discussion platform designed to provide communication and exchange of views on topical issues between political scientists, economists, specialists in international law, experts on security issues in Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

Yurii Poita

Head of the Asian Section

He has been working as a Head of the Asia-Pacific Section at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine). Yurii also is a sinologist and member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.

He studied at the Institute of International Relations of the Kyiv International University, the Wuhan Research Institute of Postal and Telecommunications (China), Zhytomyr Military Institute (Ukraine). At the moment Yurii is a PhD candidate at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

He has experience in defense, international journalism, analytics and research.

Research interests: China’s influence in the post-Soviet space, “hybrid” threats to national security, Ukrainian-Chinese relations, the development of the situation in the Asia-Pacific and the Central Asian region.

He took part in a number of expert and scientific discussions in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, China and other countries. He has participated in research projects on the consequences of educational migration to China, interethnic conflicts and the protest potential of Kazakhstan, creation of a new Asian strategy of the MFA of Ukraine, study of Ukraine’s relations with the countries of Central and East Asia.

Speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English and Chinese.

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March 2021
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