Ukraine Is Focus of Panel Discussion

Karl Qualls

Karl Qualls

Dickinson will host a panel discussion on the issues arising in Ukraine on Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium, 360 West Louther Street. The event is free and open to the public.

As the Sochi Olympics drew to a close, the long simmering tug-of-war between the EU and Russia over the future of Ukraine boiled over into street violence and political turmoil in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. This panel will examine the origins of the crisis, the interests at stake for Russia, the EU and the U.S., and the possible outcomes and consequences for international relations and Ukraine. 

The panelists are Dickinson professors Karl Qualls and R. Craig Nation and U.S. Army War College professor Marybeth Ulrich. Dickinson history professor Russell Bova will moderate the discussion.

Qualls is an associate professor of history. His book, From Ruins to Reconstruction: Urban Identity in Soviet Sevastopol after World War II, illustrates how Sevastopol, which is at the center of current Russia-Ukraine tensions, emerged from the war more clearly identified with Russia than the Soviet Union or Ukraine.

Nation is a visiting professor of political science and security studies at Dickinson and a professor of strategy and director of Russian and Eurasian studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle.  

Ulrich is a professor of government in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College. She has written extensively in the field of strategic studies with a special emphasis on European security, civil-military relations and national security democratization issues. 

Bova teaches a variety of courses on international relations and comparative politics, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on Russian politics and comparative democratization. 

The event is sponsored by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. For more information, call 717-245-1875.

Published March 4, 2014