Ukraine and Russia: Troubling Signs, Frustrations, and History of a Conflict

March 7th,2022 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Lena Surzhko-HarnedPh.D.

It was only seven years ago that Russia seized part of southern Ukraine and backed separatists who started a conflict in large areas of the East. What followed was the annexation of the southern Crimean Peninsula and the capture of the eastern Donbas regions. After a brief respite in the 2020 ceasefire, Western leaders and Ukraine fear Russian forces are getting ready for war. Follow foreign policy professor Lena Surzhko-Harned's explorations of the conflict and what is at stake in 2022 and beyond.


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Lena Surzhko-HarnedPh.D.

Lena Surzhko-Harned, Ph.D. is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science and a Faculty Affiliate of the Public Policy Fund at Penn State Behrend. Her primary research interests are in the field of comparative politics. She is an author of several papers dealing with issues of nationalism and ethnic conflict, identity politics, electoral politics, comparative democratization, and political behavior in the post-communist states of Eastern Europe. Her co-authored book, “Post-Soviet Legacies and Conflicting Values in Europe: Generation WhY”, was published in December 2017 and examines the inter-generational conflict and consequences in post-Soviet Ukraine and Russia.