“Regional Views of Ukraine’s Current Crisis”
The most urgent issue in international diplomacy continues to be the developing crisis in Ukraine. policy makers and analysts around the world anxiously await developments to what some fear could become the largest forced annexation of European countries since the fall of the Soviet Union. But, what started this crisis? Who are the Ukrainian people? What is their relationship to Russia, and what are their perspectives on the crisis? Three Iowans with substantial ties to the country will share insights on Ukrainian society and history and how regional differences have shaped recent events.
Chris Anderson is a Ph.D. candidate in the UI Department of Political Science studying comparative politics. He has a BS in Economics from Iowa State, and a MA in Russian Studies from Jagiellonian University in Poland. He is interested in democratization and nationalism in Ukraine and Georgia. He has made more than a dozen trips back to Ukraine since 2004.
Elena Osinskaya was born in Ukraine, eventually earning her undergraduate in Moscow. She is the Language Initiatives Manager in the UI Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She is working towards a Ph.D. in International and Comparative Education.
Jill Anderson is a Ph.D. candidate in the UI Department of Political Science, focusing on International Relations and Comparative Politics. She holds a BA in Political Science from Central College. As spent a 2 years teaching English in Yarmolyntsi, Ukraine as a Peace Corp Volunteer.