BOOK PRESENTATION: ‘Through the Time of Troubles: Conflict in Southeastern Ukraine Explained from Within’

Vesalius College is pleased to invite you to a presentation of ‘Through the Time of Troubles: Conflict in Southeastern Ukraine Explained from Within’ with author Dr. Anna Matveeva (King’s College London).

  • Date: Thursday, March 8th
  • Time: 18:00-20:00
  • Place: VeCo 2-3, Vesalius College (Brussels)



This 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.

This book provides a unique insight into rebels’ thinking and motivations. Actors making and remaking the conflict are placed in the center of the story.

Written in a punchy style, the book is accessible to a wide readership. It places the Ukrainian conflict into 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 Head of Research Secretariat 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.


Attendance is free but registration is required.
* This lecture is also open to the public.

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