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Dr. Deborah Sanders is Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s College London located at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, where she specialises in relations between Russia and Ukraine since their independence. Since 2001 she has widened her research interests to include security sector reform and military transformation in Ukraine and the Newly Independent States of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In recognition of her research interest in security sector reform in Ukraine and Russia, Dr. Sanders was awarded a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO-EAPC) Fellowship to conduct research into how foreign military assistance programs facilitate mature and stable relations between Russia and Ukraine. She regularly visits Ukraine and is currently working on Ukraine’s contribution to stability and security in the Black Sea. Dr. Sanders was awarded her doctorate from Aberystwyth University and subsequently published her thesis entitled Security Cooperation between Russia and Ukraine in the Post-Soviet Era with Palgrave in 2001.
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Ukraine’s ability to contribute to the U.S.-led war on terror through the provision of niche capabilities such as peacekeeping troops is contingent on successful military transformation, democratic consolidation, and good relations with neighbors. However, a more democratic Ukraine with democratically controlled armed forces might be less willing and able to deploy peacekeeping troops into a complex theatre of operation.