Mr Jilge joined the Robert Bosch Center as a programme officer in March 2016. Since 2015, he is also an associate scholar at the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the St. Gallen’s University. From 2012 to 2014, he was research associate at the Institute of Slavonic Studies at the University of Leipzig and from 2001 to 2010, at the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) at the University of Leipzig. He advised members of the German Bundestag and European Parliament on matters relating to Ukraine and is co-founder and board member of “Kiewer Gespräche”, a German-Ukrainian civil forum. Mr Jilge also spent considerable time conducting research in Kiev and Moscow. His areas of specialisation include contemporary history and politics in Ukraine and in Russia, the history of the Sudeten German nationalist movement, German and European relations with Ukraine, domestic, new nationalist currents in post-Soviet Russia, Slavophilism, geopolitical identity, and identity-based politics.