Chief Analyst of the Centre
Olena Snigyr is leading specialist in Centre for International Studies in Hennadiy Udovenko Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine. Her sphere of interest and specialization is European security and Russian foreign policy. From 2001 to 2017 she has been working in National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Ukraine. Olena directed Foreign Policy Department in NISS in 2008-2011 and Sector of Europe in Foreign Policy Department in 2011-2013. In 2015-2017 she was a chief consultant in Research Center for Russian Federation Problems in NISS. Her most recent publications include analysis of Russia’s foreign policy specifically it’s interventionism and undisclosed methods of influence, security issues in Europe, the latest developments of Ukrainian foreign policy and perspectives of development of the conflict in the East of Ukraine. Olena obtained her Ph.D in Political Science in 2004, having completed her doctoral research which examined the development of foreign policy approaches of the Western European countries towards Ukraine in XX century. She got her master degree in International Relations from Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Olena took an internship in Center for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR Center, Moscow), National Defence University of Warsaw (SENSE programe), George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany), Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Ukrainian School of Political Studies, Clingendael Academy – Netherlands Institute of International Relations.
Beyond the state service, Olena is a member of the Public Council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.