Dr. Ekaterina Paustyan 

Universität Bremen, GERMANY
Jul 2023 - Jun 2026
Associate Junior Fellow

Ekaterina Paustyan

Projects & Publications

Abstract
Regional resilience has become a key factor underpinning Ukraine’s survival and resilience in the face of
Russia’s full‑scale war started in February 2022. As such resilience shown by local and regional actors
makes a compelling case for decentralization, scholars call for its further deepening as a part of the
post‑war reconstruction plan. Another question that is hotly debated among experts discussing post‑
war reconstruction plans for Ukraine is how the status of the contested territories in Ukraine will evolve
as Ukraine aims to challenge the current status‑quo and to deoccupy its territories previously annexed
by Russia. Finally, since the way how Russia develops after the war will have important implications for
Ukraine, scenarios of Russia’s post‑war territorial arrangement similarly attract scholarly attention. This
workshop aims to take stock of these scholarly debates. It will bring together Ukrainian, (independent)
Russian, and international scholars with expertise in political science, economics, law, and international
relations to explore, analyze, and discuss regional dimension of Ukraine’s survival and resilience and its
post‑war reconstruction. By bringing together a diverse pool of speakers, the workshop will facilitate a
constructive dialogue among them serving as a platform for scholarly exchange.