On September 21-24, 2023, the 16th Ukrainian-Polish meeting took place in the city of Yaremche – a traditional, unique scientific forum in Ukraine that unites Ukrainian and Polish social scientists. This year, more than 130 intellectuals: scientists, experts and diplomats took part in the discussion of current problems of interstate relations against the background of Russian military aggression.

On behalf of the co-organizers of the Forum – the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the deputy director of the Institute for Scientific Work, Scientific Head of the Department of Global Political Development, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Oleksandr Mayboroda spoke. He expressed confidence that the Ukrainian-Polish meetings will produce valid and valuable opinions and proposals regarding the convergence of the positions of our countries on various issues of their mutual relations.

In his report, the scientist noted that now, when problems in relations between states are exposed and exacerbated, the international system is facing the threat of chaos, therefore a special role is given to the institute of public diplomacy. The speaker recalled that in times of crisis, when it is difficult for rulers to reach a consensus in interstate relations, the phrase “the people are wiser than the rulers” becomes popular. This phrase is, of course, a metaphor, and ordinary people expect wiser decisions and actions from representatives of the ruling class. The wisdom of the ruling class, the scientist noted, lies in the ability to listen to popular opinion.


Oleksandr Mayboroda is speaking

Oleksandr Mayboroda also emphasized that Ukraine and Poland together face the geopolitical danger that is looming from Russia. The joint Ukrainian-Polish struggle for the freedom of Europe, for the democratic order, for the rights of peoples and human rights is now the core of relations between the Republic of Poland and the State of Ukraine.

The work of the meetings was concentrated in six sections, which discussed important geopolitical, military, humanitarian, economic components of Ukrainian-Polish relations, determined their priorities and prospects.

Acting Head of the Department of Political Culture and Ideology of the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Yuriy Nikolaiets gave a speech at the section “Military aid of Poland and the West for Ukraine: an appropriate response to security threats at the regional and global levels.”

Yuriy Nikolaiets reports

The Chief Researcher of the Department of Ethnopolitics of our Institute, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor Oleg Kalakura took part in the work of the section “Ukraine Reconstruction: Challenges, Prospects, Directions”.

Conference participants