Inna Melnykovska


Strategy and Policy Fellow, Smith Richardson Foundation

Visiting Scholar

Inna Melnykovska holds an M.A. degree in International Relations from Kyiv State University and a Specialist degree in Economics from Ternopil Academy of National Economy. Parallel to her Ph.D. at the Free University of Berlin, Inna held appointments as a research fellow at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy as well as at the Universities of Kiel, Berlin and Giessen. Inna’s research and teaching focus on political transformation, economic liberalization and nation-building in (non-EU) Eastern Europe and Eurasia. She is especially interested in the influences and interactions of external and domestic forces therein. Inna is an expert on regional integration and institutional diffusion in (non-EU) Eastern Europe and Eurasia; and on the EU’s, NATO’s as well as Russia’s and China’s policies in the common neighborhood. Inna has published her research findings in Journal of Common Market Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, and Post-Soviet Affairs.

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.