Inna Melnykovska


Strategy and Policy Fellow, Smith Richardson Foundation

Visiting Scholar

Inna Melnykovska is a Strategy and Policy Fellow of the Smith Richardson Foundation at the Davis Center and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Central European University. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin. Inna specializes in International and Comparative Political Economy with an emphasis on the interaction of global and local forces in the shaping of modern political regimes and economic systems in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. She is an expert on the dynamics of state-business relations in the region. In addition, she works on regional economic integration initiatives driven by the EU, Russia and China in Eurasia. Her research has been published in Journal of Common Market Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, and Post-Soviet Affairs, among others. Inna’s current book project “Global Money, Local Politics: Big Business, Capital Mobility and the Transformation of Crony Capitalism in Eurasia” deals with the effects of global capital mobility and offshore-ization of corporate activities on behavior of Russian and Ukrainian big businesses in domestic politics in Russia and Ukraine. In the book, Inna also analyzes EU and US financial regulations of global capital mobility and suggests how to enhance their effectiveness in order to minimize the misuse of capital mobility by illiberal regimes that pursue aggressive foreign policies and break international law.

Regime dynamics in (non-EU) Eastern Europe and Eurasia
their external and domestic sources (as well as their interaction); international diffusion
regional integration and institution building in (non-EU) Eastern Europe and Eurasia; EU
NATO's as well as Russia’s and China's foreign policies in the common neighborhood; methodology of Comparative Politics and Area Studies; Ukraine
Russia and Central Asia
Current Project
When Big Business Goes Global, but Plays Local. Capital Mobility, Business and Politics in Eurasia
Foreign Language


, Political Science
, Free University of Berlin
Selected Publications

"The Oligarchs and the Politics at the Time of the War and Crises. How can the Iron Law of Oligarchic Rule Be Broken in Ukraine?" Ukraine Analyse, 2014, Issue 143, Research Centre for East European Studies, pp. 18-22.

"Do Russia and China Promote Autocracy in Central Asia?" with R. Schweickert and H. Plumper, Asia Europe Journal, 2012, Vol. 10, Issue 1, pp. 75–89.

"The European Union’s Relations with Ukraine and Azerbaijan," with A. Franke, A. Gawrich and R. Schweickert, Post-Soviet Affairs, 2010, Vol. 26, Issue 2, pp. 149-183.

"Ukraine’s Energy Policy – Caught between Soviet Legacies, Russian Leverage and European Integration," in Gawrich, A. Franke, A. and Windwehr, J. (ed.) Resources from Energy as a curse? Rentierism and Energy Policy in Post-Soviet States, (Barbara Budrich Publishing, 2010), pp. 165-200.

"Analyzing Bottlenecks for Institutional Development in Central Asia – Is it Oil, Aid, or Geography?" with R. Schweickert, in Ahrens, J. and Hoen, H. (ed.) Institutional Reform in Central Asia: Politico-economic challenges (Routledge, 2013) pp. 188-212.