Khrystyna Holynska

Khrystyna Holynska

Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND, and Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Khrystyna Holynska is a Ph.D. student in the Research, Analysis, and Design stream at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. Her research interests include foreign, defense, and security policy; Ukraine; Russia; and Eastern Europe.

Holynska has a Ph.D. in political science from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and an M.B.A.+M.B.A.I. (business and management in artificial intelligence and data analytics) from the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE). Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she headed the defense and security policy research startup KSE StratBase and was an assistant professor of public policy and governance at KSE. Holynska was also a strategic analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, where she focused on Russia's coercive behavior, nonproliferation, deterrence, the future of NATO, and geodynamics. From October 2022 to February 2023, she was a Research Associate at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In October 2023, she participated in the New Security Leaders Program of the Warsaw Security Forum.


Ph.D. in political science, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine; MBA+MBAI in business administration, artificial intelligence and data analytics, Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine; M.A. in political science, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine


Ukrainian; Russian

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Selected Work

  • Stephan De Spiegeleire, Karlijn Jans, Mischa Sibbel, Khrystyna Holynska, Deborah Lassche, "Implementing defence policy: a benchmark-“lite”," Defense & Security Analysis, 35(1), 2019
  • Stephan De Spiegeleire, Khrystyna Holynska, Yar Batoh, Tim Sweijs, Reimagining Deterrence: Towards Strategic (Dis)Suasion Design , Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, 2020
  • Yar Batoh and Khrystyna Holynska, "Assessing International Support of Ukraine Regarding Crimea," UA: Ukraine Analytica , 1(23), 2021
  • De Spiegeleire, Stephan, Yar Batoh, Daria Goriacheva, Glib Voloskyi, Khrystyna Holynska, et al., (Russian) Deterrence, we hardly know ye, , 2021
  • Khrystyna Holynska, Yar Batoh, Yevhen Sapolovych, Daria Goriacheva, Stephan De Spiegeleire, A Decade of Russian Cross-Domain Coercion Towards Ukraine: Letting the Data Speak, FREE Network Policy Brief, 2020
  • Stephan De Spiegeleire, Khrystyna Holynska, and Yevhen Sapolovych, Taking Russian Assertiveness Seriously: Letting the Data Speak, PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo, 2020

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