Book presentation: ‘Through the Time of Troubles: Conflict in Southeastern Ukraine Explained from Within’

On Thursday March 8th 2018, Dr. Anna Matveeva, the author of ‘Through the Time of Troubles: Conflict in Southeastern Ukraine Explained from Within,’ presented her new book at Vesalius College.

The event was moderated by Dr. Vsevolod Samokhvalov, International Affairs professor at VeCo and brought together more than twenty VeCo students and external participants.


It is the first book to tell the story of insurgency in Ukraine’s Donbas region from the inside. Unusually, it is written from the perspective of rebels, who sought and continue to seek independence from Ukraine or unification with Russia.

The book provides a unique insight into rebels’ thinking and motivation. Written in a punchy style, the book is accessible to a wide readership. It places the Ukrainian conflict within the context of other conflicts worldwide and demonstrates how ideas and narratives are constructed to provide meaning to a struggle.

The book also sheds light on the developments in Moscow, discusses the phenomenon of the Russian Spring movement, and concludes with the prospects for a peaceful solution.


Dr. Matveeva is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.  Specialising in conflict studies, she works as an academic and a practitioner. She is a consultant to international organisations, such as the UN, the EU and OSCE, international NGOs and major donors.  Prior to this, she worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

In 2010 Dr. Matveeva worked as a the Head of Research of the international Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission. Previously she was a Research Fellow at Chatham House, worked at the London School of Economics and headed programmes at International Alert and Saferworld. 

Dr. Matveeva was born in Moscow and has lived and worked in London since 1991.

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