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Katharine Quinn-Judge

Senior Analyst, Ukraine
Kyiv, Ukraine

Crisis Group Role

Katharine Quinn-Judge joined Crisis Group in June 2017. She researches opportunities in Donbas, as well as the long-term conflict implications of high-level corruption in Ukraine.

Areas of Expertise

  • International and intercommunal conflict in post-Soviet states
  • Formation of national and communal identities in the Former Soviet Union
  • Role of gender in post-Soviet conflicts

Professional Background

Katharine previously worked as a Russia and Eurasia Program researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and as a consultant for peace building and community safety initiatives for Saferworld in Bishkek and Osh, Kyrgyzstan.

Select Publications

  • “Kyrgyzstan at Twenty-Five: Treading Water”, Carnegie Endowment, 2016
  • “Central Asia” in State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, Minority Rights Group International, 2016
  • “Central Asia” in State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, Minority Rights Group International, 2014
  • “Building confidence in the future: Opportunities and challenges in the Ferghana Valley”, Saferworld, 2014, co-authored with Maija Paasiaro and Mirajidin Arynov
  • “‘Nobody has ever asked about young people’s opinions.’ Young people’s perspectives on identity, exclusion, and the prospects for a peaceful future in Central Asia”, Saferworld, 2012, co-authored with Maija Paasiaro and Mirajidin Arynov
  • “Early warning, early response? Learning lessons from the 2010 crisis in Kyrgyzstan”, Saferworld, 2012, co-authored with Sebastien Babaud

In The News

6 Apr 2021
This doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a major escalation [between Ukraine and Russia]. But we should still be worried because it’s a symptom of the deadlock in the peace process. Bloomberg

Katharine Quinn-Judge

Senior Analyst, Ukraine

Latest Updates

Podcast / Europe & Central Asia

War & Peace: Rethinking an End to Ukraine’s Costly War

Ceasefire pledges have surfaced and frayed repeatedly over the six years of war in Ukraine’s Donbas region. Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Ukraine Katharine Quinn-Judge joins Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope this week to explain why and at what socio-economic costs to civilians on either side of the front line.

Peace in Ukraine: A Promise yet to Be Kept

Last May, President Volodymyr Zelensky took office promising to end the then-five-year old war with Russia. As his administration approaches its one-year anniversary, however, Zelensky’s peacebuilding efforts face backlash in Kyiv, skepticism in Moscow, and hostility in the Russian-backed breakaways in Donbass.

Originally published in ISPI

Q&A / Europe & Central Asia

Ukraine-Russia Prisoner Swap: Necessary, Not Sufficient

A long-awaited prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia marks a positive development in their bilateral relationship. Both countries should now build on their recent progress to implement the 2014-2015 Minsk agreements, the surest path to ending the war in eastern Ukraine.

A Shadow over Ukraine’s Presidential Election

With Ukraine’s establishment forecasting doom after the presidential runoff, the far right’s influence on politics is impossible to ignore. Its resurgence is both a symptom and a cause of the country’s ills: there is less daylight between it and the political mainstream than either admits.

To Reunite Ukraine, Kyiv Must Overcome Its Own Prejudices

Four years after Russia’s invasion, psychological barriers are compounding the physical divisions of Ukraine. While many Ukrainians have turned to the West, millions of conflict-affected citizens are being excluded, creating new obstacles to any eventual reintegration of the country.