Ukraine Dialogues

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Tuesdays 12:00 p.m. MDT, April 5 - April 26

Join this four-week short course to support Ukraine through community engagement and education.

This course is available free to students and educators; others are encouraged to donate funds that will go directly to support students studying the region as well as humanitarian causes in Ukraine.

Featuring Professor Oksana Nezhyvenko, who has recently fled Ukraine, in each session together with U.S. experts:

April 5: Context and Impacts

Diplomat Chris Smith, author of Ukraine’s Revolt, Russia’s Revenge

As the world's attention is focused on the tragic effects of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, it is valuable to understand the complex political history of Ukraine and Russia's relations. While Christopher Smith worked as a diplomat in Ukraine, he was witness to major events in Ukraine's fight for democracy that laid the foundation of today's war. In this session, Smith will provide context behind Euromaidan protests, the Revolution of Dignity, the annexation of Crimea, and the outbreak of the Donbas War in 2014 to provide insight into the impacts we witness today. 

April 12: The State of International Democracy, Reasons for Hope and for Concern

Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Director Dr. Rob Saldin

For years, liberal democracy at home and abroad has suffered from a crisis of confidence and been on the defensive amidst a revival of authoritarianism. Those perceptions of weakness clearly played a role in Putin's decision to launch his latest war. While the situation in Ukraine remains dire and warning signs about the broader health of democracy certainly remain, the degree of unity and purpose in response to Putin's unprovoked attack--both internally and domestically--offer hope for a renewed commitment to liberal democracy. 

April 19: Global Economic Impacts

Economist Joanna Shelton, Former Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

The war in Ukraine is resulting in a tragic loss of life and human suffering, as well as massive damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure. In addition to regional impacts, this session will address global economic consequences, including impacts to energy and commodity prices, financial markets, and inflationary pressures.

April 26: Geopolitical Implications of Putin's War Against Ukraine

Senior Mansfield Fellow Dr. Steven Levine & James Compton, UM Graduate Student in the Department of History

Vladimir Putin's unprovoked war against Ukraine has triggered a geopolitical earthquake that has shaken the world like nothing else since World War II. Its aftershocks will likely continue for years. Adopting a global perspective, this session will survey the short-term impacts and possible long-term consequences of the war on global geopolitical alignments, the global economy, and the overriding question of war and peace – including an analysis of the war from a military standpoint.

Recordings

As the world's attention is focused on the tragic effects of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, it is valuable to understand the complex political history of Ukraine and Russia's relations. While Christopher Smith worked as a diplomat in Ukraine, he was witness to major events in Ukraine's fight for democracy that laid the foundation of today's war. In this session, Smith will provide context behind Euromaidan protests, the Revolution of Dignity, the annexation of Crimea, and the outbreak of the Donbas War in 2014 to provide insight into the impacts we witness today.

 

For years, liberal democracy at home and abroad has suffered from a crisis of confidence and been on the defensive amidst a revival of authoritarianism. Those perceptions of weakness clearly played a role in Putin's decision to launch his latest war. While the situation in Ukraine remains dire and warning signs about the broader health of democracy certainly remain, the degree of unity and purpose in response to Putin's unprovoked attack--both internally and domestically--offer hope for a renewed commitment to liberal democracy. 

The war in Ukraine is resulting in a tragic loss of life and human suffering, as well as massive damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure. In addition to regional impacts, this session will address global economic consequences, including impacts to energy and commodity prices, financial markets, and inflationary pressures.

Vladimir Putin's unprovoked war against Ukraine has triggered a geopolitical earthquake that has shaken the world like nothing else since World War II. Its aftershocks will likely continue for years. Adopting a global perspective, this session will survey the short-term impacts and possible long-term consequences of the war on global geopolitical alignments, the global economy, and the overriding question of war and peace – including an analysis of the war from a military standpoint.