Colgate faculty members share knowledge of Ukraine, Russia in timely panel discussion

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As events in Ukraine unfold at a rapid pace, Colgate faculty members with expertise in the region are bringing the latest issues to the forefront in the classroom and special panel discussions.

The video above is from a session held February 26 titled Conflagration in Ukraine.

Speaking at the session were:

  • Nancy Ries, professor of anthropology and peace and conflict studies, who studies the social and cultural transformation in Russia, specifically focusing on poverty, crime, corruption, elites, and mafia. As an anthropologist, Ries is an expert in post-socialism, with a focus on violence and war placed in comparative perspective.
  • Dan Epstein, assistant professor of political science, is an expert in Russian politics, specially post-Communist politics. In this recent video, he discusses the election of Vladimir Putin.
  • Andrew Koss, Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Jewish studies, specializes in modern Eastern Europe particularly Poland and Russia, and Jewish history.

The panel discussion was organized by the International Relations Program, Russian and Eurasian Studies Program, Political Science Department, and the newly revived student group, International Relations Council.