April 11, 2016: Hanna Shelest discusses the Ukraine crisis and international security

by Michelle Saport  |   

Monday, April 11, 10-11:15 a.m. UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Hanna Shelest discusses the "Implications and Challenges of the Ukraine Crisis for International Security."

Revolutionary protests in Ukraine in winter 2014 resulted in the annexation of Crimea by Russia and an anti-terrorist operation launched by Kyiv in Eastern Ukraine. What began as a totally internal manifestation of displeasure with governmental policy was transformed into an international security crisis. While Kyiv considers it a Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Moscow perceives it as a confrontation between Russia and the West, claiming that the crisis was provoked by NATO's desire to expand into the region where Russia's vital interests lie. After two years, the situation has become more complex, undermining the role of international organizations such as the UN and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in security and conflict resolution, challenging the norms of classical warfare and the traditional definition of aggression, and engendering threats leading to militarization but also provoking intervention in another crisis (in Syria) in order to distract attention and to return to diplomacy and international negotiation.

Hanna Shelest is editor-in-chief of Ukraine Analytica and curator of the Ukrainian Peacebuilding School. For more than ten years, she was a senior researcher at the Odessa branch of the National Institute for Strategic Studies. An expert on Ukrainian foreign policy, she is a frequent media commentator and presenter at international conferences. Her research interests focus on conflict resolution, security, and cooperation, especially in the wider Black Sea region and the Middle East.

Dr. Shelest was a Rotary Peace Fellow in 2010, a Black Sea Young Reformer in 2011, a John Smith Fellow in 2012, and a visiting research fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome in 2014. She is currently serving as a Marshall Fund Memorial Fellow, and the Department of Political Science is grateful to the generosity of the German Marshall Fund, which has made it possible for her to deliver this Chartwell Lecture on her first visit to Alaska.

Please join us at UAA for a fascinating look at the crisis in Ukraine and how it affects American foreign policy toward Russia, NATO, and other countries in the wider Black Sea region.

Note on parking: Because this lecture takes place in the morning, guests who drive who do not have a current UAA parking pass will need to purchase an hourly parking pass to avoid getting a ticket while parking at UAA. Parking is available on the third level of the Central Parking Garage, west of the arctic entrance leading into the Consortium Library. Look for the machine (which looks like an oversized parking meter) on the left as you reach the third level of the parking garage, purchase a ticket for two hours' parking, put the ticket on your dashboard before locking your car, and remember to return to it within two hours.

Organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the Chartwell Lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information about this and upcoming lectures in the Chartwell and the William H. Seward Lecture Series, please visit the UAA Department of Political Science webpage.

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