Discussion Series

Diplomatic Talks:

Universities Meet Diplomats

Session with

Mr. Roman Pyrih

Counsellor at the Embassy of Ukraine to Kenya

December 21, 2022

On December 21, the Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts (KSDA) launched the series of online discussion meetings within which the students and the faculty members of Ukraine’s educational institutions, as well as young activists of the civil society organizations will be able to converse with Ukrainian and foreign diplomats. The series is a part of the KSDA’s project Civil Education vs. Disinformation: Countering Fake Histories in International Politics and Propaganda.

The guest of the first event within the said diplomatic talks was Mr. Roman Pyrih, Counsellor at the Embassy of Ukraine to Kenya. Prior to his current posting, Mr. Pyrih served at Ukraine’s diplomatic missions in Vietnam, India, and South Korea. He is an author of numerous articles on the history of diplomacy and the role of religions in international relations.

The meeting brought together the representatives of 11 Ukrainian universities located in Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Nizhyn, Odesa, L’viv, Chernivtsi, Uzhhorod, and (in the case of one institution that had to be relocated due to Russia’s invasion) in Kamianets-Podilskyi.

The discussion (titled “Practical Diplomacy in the Global South”) offered a favorable opportunity to dwell into a number of issues pertaining to the problematics of the aforementioned project. The main attention was paid to the following subjects:

  • diplomatic practices that may be advantageous to Ukraine in Asia and Africa; Ukraine’s new strategy of cooperation with the countries of these regions;
  • Russian propaganda (incl. the history-focused disinformation) in Asian and African countries; the ways to fight it;
  • diplomat’s work in Africa and Asia – the knowledge one must possess; the understanding of cultural identities and historically formed mentalities;
  • the part which Ukraine’s institutions of higher learning and civic education may play in the development of friendly ties with the civil society in Kenya and other African states; universities as actors in fighting disinformation at the international level.

The next meetings within our Diplomatic Talks will take place
in January and February 2023

Please contact us if you might be interested
in joining the audience
of the series


The information about the project
Countering Fake Histories
in International Politics
and Propaganda
may be found