Imagining a pan-European common space – the role of Ukraine and Eastern Europe

Book Launch (in English)

with Mikhail Minakov (Kennan Institute), Wilfried Jilge and Gwendolyn Sasse (ZOiS)
Moderation: Sabine von Löwis (ZOiS)

After a short period of euphoria, hopes that freedom and democracy would quickly triumph in the post-Soviet world were soon thwarted – and today, many countries in the region face particular challenges.

With a principal focus on Ukraine, Mikhail Minakov's latest book analyses these developmental challenges, geopolitical contexts, and dystopic stalemates that post-Soviet societies face during their transition to new political and cultural orders. The book proposes a concrete vision on how Western and post-communist Europe may be able to create a sustainable pan-European common space.

At ZOiS, the author and two experts discuss some of these perspectives, which include a new agenda for pan-European political communication, new East-Central European regional security mechanisms, conflict-resolution, and anti-patronalist institutions.

Mikhail Minakov: Development and Dystopia. Studies in Post-Soviet Ukraine and Eastern Europe (ibidem Press 2018).


Mikhail Minakov is currently a Principal Investigator on Ukraine at the Kennan Institute, DAAD visiting professor at the Europa-Universität Viadrina and editor-in-chief of Focus Ukraine, an online blog published by the Kennan Institute.

Wilfried Jilge is a historian of Eastern Europe. His research focuses on the contemporary history and politics of Ukraine.

Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse is Director of the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS). Her research interests include post-communist transitions (with a particular focus on Ukraine), EU eastward enlargement and the Eastern Partnership.

Dr. Sabine von Löwis is a senior researcher at ZOiS.