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Ilana Bet-El

Senior Associate Fellow

Ilana Bet-El is a strategic adviser, writer and historian. A former UN official and senior adviser on the Balkans, she has worked extensively with both governments and clients in the private sector on geostrategic and policy issues related to security, defence and energy in the EU, Russia, Turkey and broader Europe, the Middle East and the Trans-Atlantic community. With a background in the media and academia, she has published widely, including a weekly column on EU defence and security. She holds a PhD in history from UCL, is a member of the WIIS (Women In International Security) Senior Advisory Board in Brussels, and a Visiting Fellow at King’s College London Department of War Studies.

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The Women Leader’s Podcast: Defenders of Ukraine

Ilana Bet-El, Senior Associate Fellow at the European Leadership Network, is joined by Inna Pidluska, Deputy Executive Director of the International Renaissance Foundation in Ukraine, and Anna Kovalenko, former member of the Ukrainian Parliament and a prominent civic activist, for a lively discussion surrounding Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Ukraine’s fight to join the democratic world, and what Ukraine means to Ukrainians.

31 May 2024 | Ilana Bet-El and Florence Ferrando