Mariia Zolkina


Political Analyst, Analyst of the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (Kyiv, Ukraine). Works as public policy analyst and public opinion analyst, in particular in the area of public perceptions of foreign policy issues, European and Euro-Atlantic perspectives of Ukraine. Since 2014 Maria Zolkina has been producing expertise on the political component of Russia-Ukraine conflict in the case of Donbas, socio-political implications of the conflict both on national and international level, public opinion in the controlled by Ukrainian state part of Donetsk and Lugansk regions and perspectives of reintegration of non-controlled areas. Author of number of policy papers as well as publications in prominent Ukrainian mass media regarding options of Donbas reintegration, policy towards frontline and temporary occupied territories.

”Whoever is afraid of feminism, is afraid to admit and accept that, fundamentally, women are strong beings. In various societies, over centuries, political leaders have made use of many skills and tricks to keep women power under control. On the other hand, power comes with responsibility – always. Admitting that you are strong means taking responsibility for this power. Sometimes that overwhelms.”

Liliana Popescu
Vice-Rector SNSPA
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