International Relations and Foreign Policy Chair

History of the Chair

International Relations and Foreign Policy Chair was founded in October 1944 as International Relations History Department. It served as a basis for International Relations Faculty which was founded in Kyiv Taras Shevchenko State University in 1944. The main prerequisite for the Chair establishment became the entrance at the end of the World War II of the Ukrainian SSR on the world stage as a full-pledged subject of international relations. Ukrainian SSR became one of the states founding members of the UNO, joined its specialized organizations. In March 4, 1944 the People's Comissariat of Foreign Affairs of the Ukrainian SSR was established and thus, the Republic faced the task to train diplomatic staff for implementing foreign policy activity of the Ukrainian SSR. International Relations Faculty was closed in 1955. In 1955-1961 – the Chaurt had a name of Contemporary History and International Relations Chair and existed within the Historical and Philosophical Faculty. In 1961-1992 the Chair was named as International Relations History and USSR Foreign Policy Chair. After renovation in 1971 of the International Relations and International Law Faculty in the structure of the Kyiv University the Chair was one of its leading structures. Since establishment in 1990 at the Faculty basis of the Institute of International Relations the Chair as its structural unit plays the role of a graduating division at the International Relations Department. Since 1994 the Chair has the current name - International Relations and Foreign Policy Chair.

Heads of the Chair

Oleksander K. Kasymenko (1944-1951)Doctor of History, Professor, Director of the USSR Academy of Science Institute of History of Ukraine.
Victor A. Zhebokrytskyi (1952-1956) Doctor of History, Professor.
Vasyl A. Tarasenko (1956-1961)Doctor of History, Professor, Representative of the USSR in the UN Economic and Social Council, the UN Security Council.
Petro P. Udovychenko (1961-1969) Ph.D. (Candidate of science) in History, Professor, Academician of the USSR Academy of Pedagogical Sciences, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador, Minister of Education of the Ukrainian SSR
Hlib M. Tsvetkov (1969-1990)Doctor of History, Professor, member of the UNESCO Executive Committee
Mykhailo M. Bilousov (1990-1992) Doctor of History, Professor, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Ukraine in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Leonid O. Leschenko (1992-1993) Doctor of History, Professor, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Ukraine in the People's Republic of China.
Leonid F. Haydukov (1998-2001) Doctor of History, Professor.
Volodymyr A. Manzhola (1994-1998), (2001-until now) Doctor of History, Professor, Counsellor of the Embassy of Ukraine in France.