Close up of map of Ukraine
Close up of map of Ukraine
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Understanding the Local in Ukraine and Eastern Europe

Starting from fresh opinion poll research from eastern Ukraine, including among the IDPs, Professor Sasse will discuss the causes and policy implications of the conflict in Ukraine. The discussion will also put the case of Ukraine in comparative perspective by drawing on the experience of other conflicts in the region.

Possibilities Seminar 5:

23 January 2017

5pm-6.30pm, Committee Room 5 

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Sir Gerald Howarth and Professor Gwendolyn SasseSir Gerald Howarth and Professor Gwendolyn Sasse

Chair: Sir Gerald Howarth MP

Sir Gerald became MP for Cannock and Burntwood in 1983, becoming the only Conservative to hold the seat for 2 terms. After losing his seat in 1992, he returned to Parliament in 1997 to represent Aldershot. Between 2002 and 2010 he served as a Shadow Defence Minister with responsibility for defence procurement and the Royal Air Force. He served In the Coalition Government as Minister for International Security Strategy at the Ministry of Defence (2010-2012) with responsibility for the EU, defence diplomacy and exports. He has been Vice-Chairman of the Defence Select Committee and served on the Home Affairs Select Committee. Sir Gerald was also PPS to Margaret Thatcher (1991-1992). He is a member of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy. In 2015, Sir Gerald became Chairman of the All-Party Group on Egypt and the Chairman of the All-Party Group on Ukraine.

Before he entered Parliament, Sir Gerald had a career in international banking. He studied English at the University of Southampton where he served with the Air Squadron. Today, he is President of the British Air Display Association, Patron of Aerobility (the British Disabled Flying Association) and is a Trustee of the Vulcan To The Sky Trust and The British Forces Foundation.

Sir Gerald is married to Elizabeth and they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. He enjoys flying, photography and is a church warden at the Royal Garrison Church in Aldershot.

Speaker: Professor Gwendolyn Sasse


Gwendolyn Sasse is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford, a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe. She is currently on secondment from the University of Oxford to set up the newly founded Centre for East European Research and International Studies in Berlin (ZOiS in German), a new research institute funded by the German government. Her research interests include post-communist transitions, comparative democratization, ethnic conflict, and migration. She is currently conducting research on the conflict and local politics in Ukraine. She is also completing a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust on ‘Political Remittances: The Political Impacts of Migration’. Her most recent book, The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict (Harvard University Press 2007; paperback 2014), won the Alexander Nove Prize.