Ilia Barboutev

Ilia Barboutev is a PhD Candidate at Leiden University. His research focuses on examining the factors behind Ukraine’s bargaining strategy vis-a-vis Russia in the “Gas Wars’’ of 2006, 2009, and 2014, as well as Ukraine’s subsequent energy security strategy after each altercation with its eastern neighbor. Ilia has worked as a course assistant to Professor Voorhoeve in the Bachelor-level courses Introduction to Conflict Studies and Global Challenges: Peace and Justice. He has also given guest lectures to Bachelor and Master students on topics ranging from the formation of Ukrainian national identity to Ukraine’s role in European energy security. Prior to arriving at Leiden University, Ilia served as a legal and economic advisor to the Israeli Ministry of Finance in the Global Debt and Capital Markets Division of the Accountant General’s Office. He has also previously worked in Wealth Management and Commodities Trading. Ilia holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics with a minor in Greco-Roman History from the City University of New York, an LLB in Common Law from University College London, and an MSc in Public Administration with a focus on European and International governance from Leiden University. In his free time, Ilia likes to travel, run, and eat. He has completed the Athens Classical Marathon, the Jerusalem Marathon, and the Rotterdam Marathon.

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