Ukraine! What Next?

Speakers: Serhii Plokhii, Dr. Nadiya Kravets and Nina Tumarkin

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 8:00pm
Location: Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room

Ukraine—a country the size of France located in the heart of Eastern Europe—has moved from crisis to crises. Protesters ousted its president, who fled to Russia, which, in turn, seized an opportunity to occupy the strategically important peninsula of Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and to a large population of ethnic Russians. Will these events destabilize and divide Ukraine into its EU-leaning western and pro-Russian eastern regions? What are Ukraine’s future prospects and how will President Putin’s bold and swift actions in the area affect Russia’s ongoing relations with Ukraine, Europe and the United States? 

Professor Serkhii Plokhii, who directs Harvard’s Ukrainian Research Institute and is a Professor of Ukrainian History will make a presentation on these and related key questions together with Dr. Nadiya Kravets, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ukrainian Institute and at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Wellesley Professor Nina Tumarkin, a Russianist, will serve as the panel’s moderator.