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Statement condemning Russia's war on Ukraine

Northwestern University's Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies (REEES) Research Program condemns Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, as well as with Russians and other peoples of the world who oppose Putin's senseless aggression and repressive regime, and we offer our support to those who are suffering as a result of this needless conflict. To offer insights into the era-defining implications of Russia's invasion, we will use all expertise and resources at our disposal to provide timely, accurate information to the Northwestern community and the public at large as this crisis unfolds.

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We are proud to draw your attention to the Kyiv School of Economics GlobalMinds4Ukraine Lecture Series

Many of the faculty of The Kyiv School of Economics continue to conduct scholarly activities, even as they work out of cars and bunkers in the middle of a war zone.  They have launched a new lecture series and intellectual diplomacy project GlobalMinds4Ukraine.  The series features academic leaders, economists, political scientists and public intellectuals from all over the world and is intended to enhance Ukrainian intellectual sovereignty and to demonstrate solidarity with Ukraine. Learn more about upcoming seminars in the series and view recordings of past events here.

The Kyiv School of Economics is raising funds to provide humanitarian aid.  Donate here.


EVENTS

If you wish to be notified about upcoming events on Russia's war against Ukraine, please email Cindy Pingry: 
c-pingry@northwestern.edu

 Click on links to view recordings.

"Russia's War on Ukraine: Assessing the State of the Conflict Six Months On"
Co-hosted by the Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies Research Program (REEES) and the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs.
August 24, 2022

Panelists included Tymofii Brik, Rector and Head of Sociological Research at Kyiv School of Economics; Benjamin Frommer, Associate Professor of History at Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences; Olga Kamenchuk, Associate Professor of Research with the Northwestern Institute for Policy Research; Ian Kelly, Ambassador in Residence at Northwestern University, former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia and former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Director of REEES at Northwestern; Tymofiy Mylovanov, President of Kyiv School of Economics; Michael Rogers, Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor in the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute at Northwestern; and Gayle Woloschak, Professor of Radiation Oncology and Radiology at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine. The discussion was moderated by Annelise Riles, Executive Director of the Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and Associate Provost for Global Affairs at Northwestern University.

Optimizing Donations: Improving International Aid in Ukraine”  
Co-hosted by the Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies Research Program (REEES) and the Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs. 
May 2, 2022
Panelists included Tymofiy Mylovanov, President of Kyiv School of Economics; Donald Bowser, International Anticorruption and Security Advisor; Daniil Cherkasskiy, Founder of Ukraine Trust Chain; and Natalia Mytsuta, Team Leader at Ukraine Trust Chain & Founder of the “Vyshnia” Volunteer Center.  The discussion was moderated by Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies Research Program (REEES) Faculty Director, Northwestern University.

Russia's War on Ukraine:  Assessing the Risks of Nuclear Confrontation or Accidents
Co-hosted by the Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies Research Program (REEES) and the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
April 11, 2022

Panelists included Mariana Budjeryn, Research Associate, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center Project on Managing the Atom; Thomas Countryman, Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Security & Nonproliferation; Steven Pifer, William Perry Fellow, Stanford University & former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; and Gayle Woloschak, Professor of Radiation Oncology and Radiology, Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine. The discussion was moderated by Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science & REEES Faculty Director, Northwestern University.

“Russia's War on Ukraine: 1 Month After the Invasion”  
Co-hosted by the Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies Research Program (REEES) and the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
March 25, 2022 

“Russia's Invasion of Ukraine & Turkey's Role in NATO” 
Hosted by the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program
March 22, 2022

This roundtable discussion featured Dimitar Bechevvisiting scholar at Carnegie Europe and a lecturer at Oxford University, and Ṣener AktürkAssociate Professor International Relations at Koç University.  The discussion was moderated by Ian KellyAmbassador (ret.) in Residence, Northwestern University, former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, and former U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE.

“Russia's War on Ukraine: Russian Public Opinion, Media, and Censorship” 
Co-hosted by the Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies Research Program (REEES) and the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
March 15, 2022

Our panel of experts included Olga Kamenchuk, Associate Professor of Research with the Northwestern Institute for Policy Research; Vasily Gatov, Russian media researcher and senior fellow at the University of Southern California Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy; and Jeffrey Trimble, former Deputy Director of the US Global Media Agency and former Moscow Bureau chief for US News & World Report. The discussion was moderated by Erik Nisbet, Owen L. Coon Professor of Policy Analysis & Communication, and director of the Center for Communication & Public Policy in the School of Communication at Northwestern University.

“Russia's War on Ukraine: A discussion with experts on the Ukrainian and Russian militaries” 
Co-hosted by the Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies Research Program (REEES) and the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
March 10, 2022    

Our panel of experts included Dominique Arel, Professor of Political Science and Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa; Sergii Glebov, Associate Professor and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of International Relations, Political Science and Sociology, Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University; Dmitry Gorenburg, Senior Research Scientist, Russia Studies Program, CNA and Associate, Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies; Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and a Professor of History, Northwestern University; and Will Reno, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Political Science Department, Northwestern University. The discussion was moderated by Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Director of REEES, Northwestern University. 

“The Latest on Putin's Invasion: Voices from Kyiv” 
Co-hosted by the Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies Research Program (REEES) and the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
March 3, 2022

Our panel of experts featured Tymofii Brik, Head of Sociological Research, Kyiv School of Economics and Tymofiy Mylovanov, President of the Kyiv School of Economics and advisor to Ukraine's presidential administration, as well as perspectives from Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, Northwestern University and former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, and Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of History, Northwestern University. The discussion was moderated by Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Director of REEES, Northwestern University. 


COMMENTARY AND OP-EDS BY NU FACULTY

“Is Russia's Wartime Propaganda More Powerful Than Family Bonds?
By Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director (with Tymofii Brik and Aaron Erlich)
June 20, 2022 - The Washington Post

We Want the War to End. But Should Calls for Negotiating with Putin Be Taken Seriously?    
By Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director
June 1, 2022 - Chicago Tribune

How to Optimize Russian Sanctions
By Sandeep Baliga, John L. and Helen Kellogg Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences
April 22, 2022 - ProMarket

What's on Vladimir Putin's Reading List?     
By Gary Saul Morson, Lawrence B. Dumas Professor of the Arts and Humanities, and Morton Schapiro, Professor of Economics, University President
April 1, 2022 - Wall Street Journal

Ukraine Is on the Front Line of Defending Western Democracy
By Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director, and Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence
March 30, 2022 – Chicago Tribune

Putin’s Russia vs. Pushkin’s Russia
By Gary Saul Morson, Lawrence B. Dumas Professor of the Arts and Humanities
March 19, 2022 – Quillette 

Granting Temporary Protected Status to Ukrainians is a Start, but It’s Not Enough
By Nathalia Justo, Doctoral Candidate in Political Science
March 17, 2022 – Chicago Tribune

The Cancellation of Russian Culture”
By Gary Saul Morson, Lawrence B. Dumas Professor of the Arts and Humanities
March 14, 2022 – First Things

“We Must Trump-Proof the Nuclear Codes Before 2024”
By Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director
March 12, 2022 – NBC News THINK 

If Putin Conquers Ukraine, is Moldova Next?”
By Viorica Marian, Ralph and Jean Sundin Endowed Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
March 9, 2022 – Chicago Tribune

“Nuclear Weapons are an Existential Threat. We Should Eradicate Them”
By Annelise Riles, Executive Director of the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
March 8, 2022 – Chicago Tribune

“Read the Words as They Appear Russia is Not a Member of the United Nations Security Council”
By Ian Hurd, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Weinberg College Center for International & Area Studies
February 28, 2022  – Chicago Tribune

“Ukraine Isn’t the Only Target of Putin’s Aggression”
By Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence (with David J. Kramer)
February 22, 2022 – The Bulwark

 


NU FACULTY IN THE MEDIA 

Television, Radio, and Podcasts

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, is interviewed on Ukraine
August 15, 2022 - from Illinois Public Media, Will100

Olga KamenchukInstitute for Policy Research Associate Professor, comments on McDonald's in Russia: coming to the market 30 years ago and leaving it following the war in Ukraine
August 8, 2022- from Fortune On Demand

Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director, discussed the impact of tensions between Russia and the west on the trial of Brittney Griner
July 8, 2022 - from NBC News Chicago

Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director, commented on the latest developments in Russia's war on Ukraine
July 6, 2022 – from Steve Cochran Show on WLS 890 AM

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of History was interviewed by Mykola Veresen: Russia has gone mad. Antisemites from the Kremlin!”
May 5, 2002 - from Analizui! Platform (in Ukrainian)

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, responds to Biden's announcement for more military aid to Ukraine
April 21, 2022 - from Chicago Tonight WTTW

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, comments on Finland's and Sweden's move towards NATO membership against Russsia
April 19, 2022 - from Newsy

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, discussed the prospects of a peace agreement
April 1, 2022 - from  BBC World News

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, recapped the takeways from the recent NATO summit and what it means for the war
March 26, 2022 - from NewsNation

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, comments on the impacts of Russia's invasion on NATO 
March 24, 2022 – from Newsy

John Bullock, Associate Professor of Political Science, spoke about a “deepfake” video of Volodymyr Zelenskyy announcing Ukraine’s surrender to Russia
March 23, 2022 - from King 5 TV (Seattle)

Olga Kamenchuk, Institute for Policy Research Associate Professor, discusses US negotiations with China
March 18, 2022 – from Nastoyashchee Vremya (in Russian)

Jeffrey Winters, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Equality, Development and Globalization Studies Program, places the Russian oligarchs in historical and comparative perspective
March  16, 2022 – from Dan Snow's History Hit Podcast

Erik Nisbet, Professor of Communications and Director of the Center for Communication & Public Policy, and Olga Kamenchuk, Institute for Policy Research Associate Professor, offer insights into Ukrainian efforts to combat Russian disinformation
March 16, 2022 – from Fox News

Olga Kamenchuk, Institute for Policy Research Associate Professor, comments on what ordinary Russians think of the war in Ukraine
March 16, 2022 – from WBEZ Chicago

Olga Kamenchuk, Institute for Policy Research Associate Professor, discusses how Russians are reacting to their country's invasion of Ukraine and the role state-run media is playing
March 15, 2022 – from Chicago Tonight WTTW

Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director, explains the structure of Russia's oligarchy and what international sanctions mean for Putin's war in Ukraine
March 14, 2022 – from Fox 32 News

Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director, discusses the causes and potential consequences of Russia's war on Ukraine
March 11, 2022  – from Steve Cochran's “Live From My Office” Podcast

Jeffrey Winters, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Equality, Development and Globalization Studies Program, offers insights into the effects of sanctions on Russian oligarchs
March  11, 2022 – from Chicago Tonight WTTW

Jeffrey Winters, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Equality, Development and Globalization Studies Program, discusses the sources of Russian oligarchs' wealth
March  10, 2022 – from NPR's Marketplace

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, interviewed on how to protect Ukrainian civilians
March 9, 2022 – from Illinois Public Media

Jennifer Chan, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, discusses her use of human mobility data to map the displacement of Ukrainian refugees 
March 8, 2022 – from Humanitarian AI Today Podcast

Interview with Ambassador (ret.) in Residence Ian Kelly: 75 Years of European Foreign Policy “Changed Overnight”
March 4, 2022 – from The Gallup Podcast

Olga Kamenchuk, Institute for Policy Research Associate Professor, discusses the fleeing of refugees from Ukraine
March 3, 2022 – from Chicago Tonight WTTW

Erik Nisbet, Professor Communications and Director of the Center for Communication & Public Policy, comments on the role of information technology and social media in the ongoing battle to shape the narrative of Russia's war on Ukraine
March 3, 2022 – from Voice of America (in Russian)

Erik Nisbet, Professor of Communications and Director of the Center for Communication & Public Policy, analyzes changes in Russia's mediascape
March 2, 2022 – from Voice of America (in Russian)

Christina Paschyn, Assistant Professor of Journalism & Strategic Communication Program, spoke about the Crimean Tatars and Russia's disinformation campaign targeting them
March 2, 2022 - from Al Jazeera English

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, discusses Putin's decision to put his nuclear forces on alert and other developments in Russia's invasion of Ukraine
February 28, 2022 – from Chicago Tonight WTTW

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, is interviewed about Russia's invasion of Ukraine
February 27, 2022 – from BBC World News

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of History, discusses Ukrainian-Americans and their identity
February 27, 2022 – from NPR

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of History, offers insights into why Russia is invading Ukraine
February 25, 2022 – from Chicago ABC 7 News

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of History, discusses Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine
February 24, 2022 – from Chicago Tonight WTTW

 

Print Media

Olga Kamenchuk, Institute for Policy Research Associate Professor and Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, comment on war in Ukraine, Putin's goals and potential impact on Biden
August 18, 2022 - from the Chicago Tribune

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, comments on how isolation from U.S is affecting Putin's relationships with other countries
July 19, 2022 - from The National Desk

Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director, comments on what it means to be an оligarch
June 2, 2022 - from Bloomberg

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, comments on how Putin may be losing in Ukraine but winning in Georgia
May 24,2022 - from The Bulwark

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, talks about a pro-longed war.
May 11, 2022 - from the Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Will Reno, Professor and Department Chair of Political Science, comments on how Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kremlin officials have increasingly made threatening statements to NATO as a strategic tactic as the Ukraine war enters its third month
April 27, 2022 - from Newsweek

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, says the West should do more if it wants Ukraine to win war against Russia.
April 25, 2022 - from the National Post

Jordan Gans-MorseAssociate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director and Olga Kamenchuk, Institute for Policy Research Associate Professor talk about Russian support for the war
April 23,2022 - from Financial Times

Gary Saul Morson, Lawrence B. Dumas Professor of the Arts and Humanities, is interviewed about the dangers of efforts to “cancel” Russian culture
April 2, 2022 - from The Epoch Times

Jordan Gans-MorseAssociate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director, was quoted on rising anti-Russian sentiment in the U.S.
April 1, 2022 - from Truthout

Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director, comments on how Trump led anti-Ukraine smear campaign
March 26, 2022 - from CNN

Erik Nisbet, Professor of Communications and Director of the Center for Communication & Public Policy, comments on the role of information warfare in Russia's war on Ukraine
March 21, 2022 – from Tokyo Shumbin (in Japanese)

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, tells the AP,  “I can’t see this ending in any way good for Ukraine as long as Putin is in power” 
March 11, 2022 – from Associated Press

Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director, comments on misplaced anti-Russian sentiment directed at Russian-speaking Ukrainians
March 10, 2022 – from Chicago Tribune

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of History, discusses the impact of American companies suspending their operations in Russia
March 10, 2022 – from NBC News

Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director, quoted on the obstacles standing in the way of Putin’s plans for Ukraine
March 9, 2022 – from Newsweek

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of History, comments on Zelenskyy's appeals to Israel for support
March 9, 2022 – from Newsy

Olga Kamenchuk, Institute for Policy Research Associate Professor, discusses Russian public opinion about the war against Ukraine
March 6, 2022 – from T-Magazine

V.S. Subrahmanian, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science at the McCormick School of Engineering and a Buffett Institute Faculty Fellow, discusses social media and disinformation campaigns 
March 4, 2022 – from ABC News

Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and REEES Faculty Director, interviewed about the Russia's war on Ukraine
March 2, 2022 – from Chicago Reader

Ian Kelly, Ambassador (ret.) in Residence, comments on Russia's latest actions towards Ukraine
February 28, 2022 – from Associated Press

 

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