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Irina du Quenoy

Research Fellow

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February 14, 2019

Church and State in Ukraine and the Power Politics of Orthodox Christianity

Berkley Center Research Fellow Irina du Quenoy writes for War on the Rocks that the way in which the ecclesiastical crisis currently gripping Ukrainian Orthodoxy made global headlines this past fall should serve as a cautionary tale about the dangers of misinterpretation and hyperbole feeding into an increasingly hysterical “New Cold War” narrative.


Irina (Papkova) du Quenoy is a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Her research focuses on religion and politics, with a particular emphasis on the Orthodox Church. She taught at the international relations and European studies department of Central European University from 2008 to 2012, subsequently moving to Beirut, Lebanon. She returned to the United States in 2018 and is the managing editor of the Journal of Intelligence and Cyber Security. A graduate of Georgetown University's doctoral program in government, she has held research fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Kennan Institute and the Vienna Institute for Human Sciences. She is the author of The Orthodox Church and Russian Politics (2011), as well as numerous articles.

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