Visiting us on Thursday 14th June is Dr Anna Matveeva who will be telling the story of the Donbass insurgency from rebels’ perspectives. Dr Anna Matveeva, drawing from her first-hand research and interviews, will provide needed understanding and fascinating insight on what drives the rebels, and what kind of people are driven to take to arms in the on-going conflict.
Dr Matveeva’s talk will detail the zigzagging fortunes of the Donbass rebels who did not receive the support they may have anticipated from Moscow after it became clear the conflict was not going to be easily won. Also covering developments in Moscow, the Russian Spring movement, and prospects for a peaceful solution, this is set to be an enthralling and extremely informative talk from the frontlines of Europe’s forgotten war.
Dr Matveeva is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London as well as a member for the Board of the Nonviolent Peace Force. Working as an academic and a practitioner in the field of Conflict Studies, Dr Matveeva has also been a consultant and worked for organisations such as the UN, the EU, the OSCE, and various influential NGOs. Some Dr Matveeva’s most notable previous posts have been; Head of the Research Secretariat at the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry; Research Fellow at Chatham House; and UNDP Regional Advisor on Peace and Development.
Dr Anna Matveeva will also be selling her book Through Times of Trouble: Conflict in Southeastern Ukraine Explained from Within (Lexington, 2017), a critical study on the conflict that explores the changing political landscape of a leaderless uprising, the formation of a protest movement from locally available ingredients, and much more.