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Simon Fraser University is convening a Roundtable on the “Ukraine Crisis”

On Friday, September 12, 2014, Simon Fraser University is convening a Panel on he “Ukraine Crisis” at the SFU School of International Affairs (Room 2270 (Sauder Industries Policy Room); Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, (2nd floor); 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver). Event starts at 16.00 and goes till 18.00.




Following months of demonstrations by pro-European Ukrainians, President Yanukovych fled Ukraine on February 21, 2014. Since then, Ukraine has descended into violence. Crimea has been annexed by Russia, and fighting has engulfed large sections of Eastern Ukraine. What explains the outbreak of violence, and how and why is Russia involved? What are the repercussions for Ukraine, Russia, the international community and its commitments to sovereignty and territorial integrity, and what are the ramifications for Canadian foreign policy?

In the interests of carefully and critically considering the reasons for, and implications of, the very complex, ongoing and volatile situation in Ukraine, leading Canadian and international scholars on Russian and Ukrainian politics and foreign policy will consider the crisis from various perspectives – economic, political, geopolitical, historical and security.

The roundtable is open to the public and questions will be taken from the floor.


Oleh Havrylyshyn, Faculty Member, Department of Economics and Institute for European, Russia and Eurasian Studies, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University; and Member, Economic Advisory Council to Ukraine’s Economic and Trade Ministry

Nadiya Kravetz, Visiting Scholar, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Maria Popova, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, McGill University

Edward Walker, Executive Director of the Berkeley Program in Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies and Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Ilya Vinkovetsky, Associate Professor, Department of History, Simon Fraser University

Convenor: Nicole Jackson, Associate Professor, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University

All are invited to participate, and questions will be taken from the floor.

Funding for this event is generously provided by SFU’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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