Ukraine War

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The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine brought the world's attention to Eastern Europe. This collection brings together world experts to share their insights into why this conflict happened & the long term implications of the war.

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Society & Politics
Could Putin be held to account for war crimes in Ukraine?

News broke that Ukraine was preparing war crimes charges against Russian military personnel. How feasible or likely is it that participants in the war could end up in the docks in Ukraine or the International Criminal Court in The Hague? Read more

Dr. Jennifer Cassidy

University of Oxford

Jennifer A. Cassidy is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Oxford (St Peter’s College), author, diplomatic consultant & international development expert. Her PhD from the University of Oxford focused on the changing nature of diplomacy in the information age, examining the digitisation of diplomatic communication during times of political crisis.

She has served as a political attaché to Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations (New York), the European External Action Service to the Kingdom of Cambodia, and Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade during its 2013 Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Jennifer researches and lectures on the very game she once played. Her primary research centres on the themes of Digital Diplomacy; questioning how diplomatic agents use social media platforms during times of political crises, and to what extent their use during a conflict, can be deemed effective within diplomatic crises communication strategies. Alongside this work, she is currently producing a forthcoming book on Gender and Diplomacy.

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Society & Politics
Is social media today's central battlefield?

International diplomacy in the age of social media is no longer conducted by letter or phone call but Live Tweeted in real time & in public. From Trump vs North Korea to Wars, how are foreign relations conducted in the Digital Age? Read more

Dr. Jennifer Cassidy

University of Oxford

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Society & Politics
Why can't Putin accept Ukraine's independence?

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia took the world by surprise. But tension between these two nations has been bubbling for many years. Why is Ukraine so important to Putin? And how did we get from Ukrainian independence to invasion? Read more

Prof. Nathaniel Knight

Seton Hall University

Nathaniel Knight is Professor of History at Seton Hall University in the US, where he teaches Russian and East European history, Western Civilization and Historical Methods.

Nathaniel has also gained on-the-ground insight about the changing political landscape in Eastern Europe from his time spent living in the region in the early 1990s. He arrived in the Soviet Union in September 1991 and left Russia almost a year later, which gave him a unique opportunity to study first-hand the breakup of the Soviet Union and its aftermath, including how ordinary people coped with the upheavals and how the end of the Soviet Union has shaped the world we live in today.

His research since then has taken him into fascinating corners of scholarship like scientific societies, folklore collectors, Orientalism, and Russian conceptions of nationhood and race.

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Society & Politics
How can we avoid nuclear war?

From the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Cold War, the spectre of nuclear war has loomed over the planet many times since WWII. How did we step back from the brink, and what does that tell us about how to handle Putin's threats? Read more

Dr. Lyndon Burford

King's College London

Dr Lyndon Burford is a Visiting Research Associate at King's College London (UK), where he studies the politics, technologies, and theories of nuclear disarmament. His PhD thesis looked at the relationship between national identity and nuclear disarmament policy. Lyndon is also a blockchain specialist on the New Technologies for Peace working group within the Vatican Covid-19 Commission, and a Co-Founder of PATH Collective, a start-up working at the intersection of Web3 and nuclear disarmament. He approaches his nuclear disarmament research as part of a broader exploration of what true human flourishing means in the 21st century.

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Society & Politics
What turns a leader into a dictator?

The 20th and 21st centuries are said to be the age of dictatorship, and this month's invasion of Ukraine is the latest frontline. With our world's leaders in the spotlight, what traits do they share, and when and why do they cross society's boundaries? Read more

Prof. Fathali M. Moghaddam

Georgetown University

Prof. Fathali M. Moghaddam was born in Iran, educated from an early age in England, and returned to Iran with the revolution in 1979. He was researching and teaching in Iran during the hostage crisis and the first three years of the Iran-Iraq War.

After working for the United Nations, Prof. Moghaddam researched and taught at McGill University; served as Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science, and today he's both a professor of Psychology at Georgetown University, and the editor-in-chief of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

He has published about 30 books and 300 papers, and received a number of prestigious academic awards. His most recent book is Shakespeare and the Experimental Psychologist.

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