After weeks of escalating tensions and military buildup, Russia has invaded Ukraine and commenced a military operation. The extent of Vladimir Putin's plans remains uncertain, but the danger to Ukrainian lives and sovereignty is clear.
As we join the international community in an unequivocal condemnation of Russia's war against Ukraine, we likewise acknowledge the need for expert commentary and factual information on a conflict bolstered by misinformation and distortions of history. To that end, we have convened a panel of experts representing different perspectives and areas of expertise to address core questions being asked by the media and the general population.
Our event will be structured around questions submitted in advance or frequently asked by the media, with additional questions taken from the live audience as time permits. Experts will give short, focused responses to as many questions as possible.
Dr. Lawrence Bacow, President, Harvard University
Volodymyr Dubovyk, Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Mechnikov National University
Rory Finnin, Associate Professor of Ukrainian Studies, University of Cambridge
Tymofiy Mylovanov, Former Minister of Economic Development, Trade, and Agriculture of Ukraine; President, Kyiv School of Economics
Olha Onuch, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester
Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, Professor of Russian Politics, King’s College London
Emily Channell-Justice, Director, Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University, Ohio
Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Arizona State University
About Our Speakers:
Dr. Volodymyr Dubovyk has been working at the Odessa I. Mechnikov National University since 1992. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations since 1996 and has acted as a Director of the Center for International Studies since 1999. Among his teaching and research interests are U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-Ukraine relations, Black Sea regional security, foreign policy of Ukraine. Dubovyk was a Fulbright Scholar in 2016/2017.
Dr. Rory Finnin is Associate Professor of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge. He launched the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies program in 2008. Finnin studies Ukrainian culture and society, with special interests in Crimea, Crimean Tatar literature, nationalism theory, and Black Sea Studies. His new book, Blood of Others: Stalin’s Crimean Atrocity and the Poetics of Solidarity, is forthcoming from University of Toronto Press. His most recent op-ed, “How the West Gets Ukraine Wrong – and Helps Putin as a Result,” was published in February in Politico.
Dr. Tymofiy Mylovanov is the President of the Kyiv School of Economics. On July 7, 2016 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine elected Tymofiy Mylovanov to the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine, and from October 2016 to August 2019 he held the position of Deputy Chairman of the Board. From August 2019 to March 2020, Milovanov held the post of Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine. Tymofiy Mylovanov graduated from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (Management) in 1997 and from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy majoring in Economic Theory in 1999. In 2004 he got his PhD in Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). During the Revolution of Dignity, jointly with other leading economists of Ukraine and the world, he founded the VoxUkraine platform aimed to increase the level of economic discussion in Ukraine.
Dr. Olga Onuch (DPhil, Oxford), is an Associate Professor in Politics [Senior Lecturer] at the University of Manchester and is was until recently an Associate Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, at the University of Oxford (2014-2020). She is the winner of the 2017 Political Studies Association National Sir Bernard Crick Award for Outstanding Teaching. From January 2019 she is the PhD Director at the Politics Department. Between 2015-2019 Onuch was the Chair of Comparative Public Policy and Institutions Research Cluster and remains an active member of the Democracy and Elections Research Cluster.
Dr. Gulnaz Sharafutdinova is Professor of Russian Politics at King’s College London. Her research interests focus on Russian national and regional politics, political economy, and social psychology. She is an author of an award-winning The Red Mirror: Putin’s Leadership and Russia’s Insecure Identity (Oxford University Press, 2020), an earlier book, Political Consequences of Crony Capitalism Inside Russia (Notre Dame University Press, 2010), and numerous articles.