UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities


Public Policy on Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe: The Global Impact of Russian ‘Active Measures’

Professor Andrew Wilson’s expertise has helped shape UK and European policy towards Russia and Eastern Europe.

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Research and advocacy by Andrew Wilson, Professor of Ukrainian Studies at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), helped underpin the development of policy planning towards Russia and the six countries of the Eastern Partnership by European Union (EU) Member States, the EU and other international institutions.

Regular closed-door briefings at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Cabinet Office have informed new UK ambassadors to the region and helped with the drafting of in-house policy papers.

Prof Wilson was asked to brief Prime Minister David Cameron after the revolutionary Maidan events in Ukraine in February 2014. Prof Wilson headed a team of Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) experts conducting a Needs Assessment Report for the deported peoples in Crimea in 2013-14.

His research and briefings on the Azov Sea crisis were used by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in 2018, including during their rotating membership of the UN Security Council, and this has carried forward to their chairing the OSCE.

He has been in high demand for analysis and comment during the Belarus crisis in 2020-1 (by EU member-states’ MFAs; UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office; George Marshall Center for Security Studies).