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Dickinson College to Host Expert Discussion on Russia-Ukraine Conflict

A photo montage of portraits of Russell Bova, Elena Duzs, Karl Qualls, and Andrew Wolff.

From left to right: Professor of Political Science Russell Bova; Associate Professor of Russian Elena Duzs; Professor of History Karl Qualls; Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies Andrew Wolff

Crisis Over Ukraine: Causes and Consequences

by Xenia Makosky '24

Dickinson will host a panel of experts to discuss the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia and its underlying historical, political and social contexts. The event, “Crisis Over Ukraine: Causes and Consequences,” will take place Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Well-fitting masks are required, and N95 or KN95 masks are strongly recommended. A public YouTube livestream will also be available. 

The panelists will examine the historical links between both countries, which date back to the 9th century, and how these ties have resulted in complex identity issues that exist between Russians and Ukrainians today. The panel also will cover more recent events that have contributed to regional and international tension, such as the 2014 annexation of Crimea by the Russian military. Furthermore, the panelists will consider the role of the U.S. and NATO in navigating the most recent conflict and their diplomacy efforts, including the decision to send military aid to Ukraine and President Biden’s threat to impose severe sanctions on Russia.


  • Russell Bova is the Walter E. Beach '56 Chair in Political Science and J. William Stuart & Helen D. Stuart '32 Chair in International Studies. His research specializes in Russian politics and Russian political culture.
  • Elena Duzs is an associate professor of Russian at Dickinson. Her teaching interests focus on Russian literature and culture from all time periods.
  • Karl Qualls is the W. Gibbs McKinney Chair in International Education and professor of history at Dickinson. Qualls’ books concentrate on the Soviet Union and the divide between Ukraine and Russia post World War II.
  • Andy Wolff is an associate professor of political science and international studies at Dickinson. His primary interests focus on U.S. foreign policy, NATO, European security governance and diplomacy.

The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues


Published February 1, 2022