The East European Security Research Initiative Foundation (EESRI Foundation)

The East European Security Research Initiative Foundation (EESRI Foundation) is a Kyiv-based discussion, analytical and information-sharing international platform aimed at uniting efforts of the experts and researchers from various countries to find effective ways for strengthening security in Europe, particularly in its highly vulnerable Eastern region. 

The main mission of EESRI Foundation is to facilitate the international research on European security issues through the preparing of expert’s assessments, maintaining exchange of related experience, arranging professional discussions, elaborating recommendations for crisis preventing and resolution, conflict de-escalation, and addressing threats to security both on regional and national levels.

The EESRI Foundation unites efforts of dozens of experts from ten Eastern European countries. Since founding in February 2015, the EESRI Foundation prepared and published at its website in English, Russian and Ukrainian more than one hundred analytical papers and policy briefs on security-related issues, including more than two dozen papers on the OSCE activity, particularly related to the OSCE efforts in handling the Russia-Ukraine conflict and other conflicts in the post- Soviet space.

The EESRI Foundation’s representatives regularly take part in the international and national conferences, round-tables and other activities on European security and the OSCE-related issues, prepare and present policy papers with suggestions and recommendations on conflict settlement (including the case studies), human dimension aspects of security, security and defence reforms in the post-Soviet space, etc.

The EESRI Foundation is a member of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. The EESRI Foundation works as non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit organization.

EESRI Foundation
Office 1, 7b Zoryana street, Bilohorodka
Kyiv-Svyatoshyn district, Kyiv region,
Ukraine, 08140
Phone / Fax: +380 44 221 8778

Dr. Maksym Khylko is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board at the East European Security Research Initiative Foundation. He also works as Senior Research Fellow at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, holds PhD in Philosophy (2004) and Master’s degree in International Relations (2001). Dr. Khylko is the co-editor of the EESRI Foundation’s web-site and associate editor of the academic peer-reviewed journal “Current Issues of Mass Communication”. Between 2001-2010, he also worked as political and media analyst and consultant.

Dr. Khylko is the author and co-author of a number of scientific papers, analytical notes and policy briefs. His main research areas include the OSCE and NATO related issues, security developments in the Eastern Europe, EU’s Eastern Partnership, foreign policy of Ukraine, media and communication studies. Among his recent publications are the following: “NATO, the EU and the OSCE in the Handling of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Competitive Synergy or Freezing Crisis Management?” (with Dr. Oleksandr Tytarchuk); “New Schedule for Minsk Implementation Urgently Needed”; “The Driving Force Of The European Eastern Policy”, etc.

2002-2006 – Military Advisor, Delegation of Ukraine to the OSCE (FSC, OSCC, JCG issues);
2007-2008 – Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine;
2009-2011 – Head of Division, Deputy Director, Department of International Cooperation, National Space Agency of Ukraine;
2011 – diplomatic service, Counsellor, OSCE Division, MFA of Ukraine;
January 2012 – May 2013 – Director, Institute for International Research at the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (non-governmental think-tank).
Since April 2012 – Associate Research Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine.
Since January 2015 – Cofounder and Coordinator of the international analytical platform East European Security Research Initiative – EESRI.    
Study: 1995-1997 – National Defence Academy of Ukraine, Master’s degree in military management;
1997-2000 – Joint Institute at the National Defence Academy of Ukraine, Master’s degree in international relations;
2001 –  Defence Resources Management Courses, DRMI, USA.
PhD degree in pol-mil science (2008).

Author of more than 40 scientific articles and co-author of 10 applied scientific researches on European security related issues.