Rapprochement intentions or readiness for disengagement?


Yuriy Yakymenko,
President of Razumkov Centre

Vasyl Yurchyshyn, Director of Economic Programmes of Razumkov Centre

In the mid-2010s, global geopolitics was dominated by seemingly unquestionable ideologemes about the world order and its immediate prospects. It was believed that:

— Euro-Atlantic solidarity was protected by the American “security umbrella” that would further strengthen political and economic ties across the Atlantic;

— free trade, extending to services, investments, and new technologies, would involve more countries, thus increasing the income of both transnational corporations and even countries that have long been on the periphery of world processes for centuries but could adequately respond to the challenges of global competition;

— the growing interest of investment-rich China in Europe and America’s highly absorbing markets would contribute to gradual penetration of liberal freedoms and democratic values in China;

— autocratic Russia would continue drifting towards the western way of life and absorbing material values, while increasingly losing economically to dynamic China. The possibility of a strategic rapprochement between technological China and resource-rich Russia was not seen as a threat to the established world order;

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Yuriy Yakymenko

President, Editor-in-Chief of "National Security and Defence" Journal

Born in 1967 in Cherkasy


National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, Faculty of Philosophy (1991)

University of Manchester (the UK), Department of Government, post-graduate course in Political Theory, MA (Econ) (1994)

National Academy of Sciences Institute of Philosophy, post-graduate course in Social Philosophy (1995). The author of about 200 publications

Ph.D. in Political Science (2013). The author of about 40 research papers and more than 200 publications in media


1991 – 1995 — Expert in Public Relations of the Ukrainian Union of Afghan War Veterans

1995 – 2002 — Senior Consultant, Chief Consultant, Head of Division, Deputy Head of the Main Department of Domestic Policy of the Administration of the President of Ukraine

Most recent position at State Service — Deputy Head of the Department for Analysis and Prognosis of Home Policy of the Administration of the President of Ukraine. State Servant of the 4th rank

April 2002 – May 2005  — Razumkov Centre Leading Expert, Political and Legal Programmes

May 2005 – November 2011 — Director of Political and Legal Programmes

November 2011 – June 2020 — Deputy Director General, Director of Political and Legal Programmes

June 2020 — ongoing — President of the Razumkov Centre

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