Jonathan Hibberd is a Doctoral Researcher in the School of Politics and International Relations. His thesis investigates the topic of non-recognition, with particular focus on the cases of Crimea and Northern Cyprus. The aim is to understand the continuing application of this concept even where it does not appear to achieve its aims, most notably a return to the status quo ante. As such, the focus is on both policy and international law and the interaction between the two on this issue.
Jonathan previously gained an MA in Contemporary European Studies from University of Sussex. He spent 14 years working in Central and Eastern Europe, and as such maintains a focus on issues related to Ukraine and the Visegrád group (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic). He has taught on the German and European Studies programme at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kiev, Ukraine, and written on political affairs for New Eastern Europe and Kyiv Post. He also assisted for several years with the English language publication of the Kiev-based Foreign Policy Research Institute. At Sussex he was part of Sussex European Institute and researched Ukraine's relationship with the EU and NATO.
In addition to study, he works with the university's Centre for English Language Education (CELE) and International College (TUNIC) on preparatory programmes for overseas students.
Post-Soviet politics (Ukraine)
Central and Eastern Europe
Recognition of states
The current focus is on examining the policy motivations for pursuing a non-recognition policy in the context of the prevailing situation both geopolitically and in international law, in the hope of… read more
The current focus is on examining the policy motivations for pursuing a non-recognition policy in the context of the prevailing situation both geopolitically and in international law, in the hope of widening understanding in an area which has been covered inadequately in the field of IR.