On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine, claiming that it aimed to “denazify” and “demilitarize” the country. Russian military actions have left thousands of civilians dead or wounded, and millions displaced. The consequences of this invasion will have untold implications for Ukraine, Russia, the West, and the world.
The Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies is hosting a discussion board to provide up-to-date, real-time analysis of the conflict and a broader understanding of its historical, societal and geopolitical contexts. As the war develops, experts on the topic and other related issues will write in conversation with one another from a variety of perspectives.
Monday, June 6, 2022
Sanctions, Russia, and the International System – by Dane Rowlands
Sanctions, Russia, and the International System - by Dane Rowlands There has been a lot of discussion, and sometimes confusion, about the use of sanctions against Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine. Economic sanctions have been an instrument of foreign policy for centuries, and disrupting an enemy’s international commerce is a common...
Monday, April 25, 2022
Axioms of the War – by Justin Paulson
Axioms of the War - by Justin Paulson It is difficult to write anything short on Ukraine. Too-brief commentaries incline toward punditry, which of course proliferates whenever war breaks out; it’s been said that nuanced analysis, by contrast, dies swiftly as soon as the first missile is launched. History, too, tends to be erased...
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
After Bucha: Reflecting on Images and Establishing the Narratives of War – by Milana Nikolko
After Bucha: Reflecting on Images and Establishing the Narratives of War - by Milana Nikolko Two weeks have passed since the town of Bucha, a comfortable and cozy suburb of Kiev, where large pine trees were integrated into the modern cityscape, was liberated by Ukrainian forces. I know Bucha quite well; on many...
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis – When Will EU solidarity End? – by Agnieszka Weinar
Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis – When Will EU Solidarity End? - Agnieszka Weinar Four million Ukrainian escapees  came to the European Union within five weeks of the Russian invasion, with daily numbers reaching over 100,000 per day in the first two weeks. Such flow is unprecedented – at the height of the Syrian crisis...
Friday, April 1, 2022
South Caucasus and Russia’s War in Ukraine – by David Sichinava
South Caucasus and Russia’s War in Ukraine - by David Sichinava The countries of the South Caucasus watch Russia’s war on Ukraine with much trepidation. For some, it leaves an eery and acute sense of déjà vu, conjuring not-so-distant memories of regional warfare. For others, it further exacerbates a chronic and widespread feeling of...
Friday, April 1, 2022
Western Sanctions and Increasing the Costs of War to Russia – by Joan DeBardeleben
Western Sanctions and Increasing the Costs of War to Russia - by Joan DeBardeleben We are all well aware of the high cost that the war has imposed on Ukraine – catastrophic loss of life, health, homes, and infrastructure, and psychological stress. As a nation Ukraine is also at risk of losing its territory...
Friday, March 25, 2022
No Winners in This War – by Jeff Sahadeo
No Winners in This War - by Jeff Sahadeo We enter the second month of the war in Ukraine with Russian advances largely (but not completely) stalled and Ukrainian defenders holding fast, even retaking some territory. As the battlefield settles into a back-and-forth for now, civilian casualties mount relentlessly as the Russians adopt a...
Thursday, March 24, 2022
How Russian Television Primed the Public for War – by J. Paul Goode
How Russian Television Primed the Public for War - by J. Paul Goode Following Russia’s invasion, a vigorous debate erupted over whether ordinary Russians support or oppose the war, with a great deal of attention focused on the kinds of information presented to them via broadcast media. It is well known that most Russians...
Friday, March 18, 2022
Zelenskyy and Havel – by Andrea Chandler
Zelenskyy and Havel - by Andrea Chandler On March 15, 2022, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke to Canada’s Parliament by video link. Canadians had the unique opportunity to be addressed directly by the leader of a country at war, who faced an unwarranted attack on his own soil. While those immersed in European and Russian...
Watch interviews, videos, and recordings from events about the war.
- Interview: Dr. Paul Goode on current dynamics of the war (CTV News)
- Podcast episode: Dr. Leigh Sarty on China’s Role After the Invasion of Ukraine (Canadian Global Affairs Institute)
- Podcast episode: Dr. Leigh Sarty on China-Russia relations post-Ukraine (Policy Talks)
- Radio: Dr. Paul Goode on Abramovich, Russia, and the course of the war (580 CFRA)