For non-expert audiences, Ukraine appeared on the map largely with the leak of the telephone call between president D. Trump and president V. Zelensky. But in fact, a number of Ukrainian-American networks and actors that make headlines today because of the Trump-Ukraine scandal have been around for much longer, characterizing post-Soviet transnational developments of the past decades. Sophie Lambroschini, a researcher on contemporary Ukraine at the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin will go behind the scenes to give an overview of “who’s who” and to explain the deeper economic and political dynamics that underpin the Trump-Ukraine developments from a Ukrainian perspective.
Sophie Lambroschini conducts socio-historical research on contemporary Russia and Ukraine at the Marc Bloch Center in Berlin. Her work focuses on economic networks and actors in times of conflict and crisis. Her doctoral thesis explored the financial front of the Cold War through the experience of Soviet bankers operating on capitalist markets (2018, U. Paris Nanterre). She published a book on Ukrainian society in the context of the Maidan revolution and the war in Donbas (Les Ukrainiens, Ateliers Henry Dougier, 2014/16).