WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — William & Mary will host a panel discussion about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine Tuesday night.

The panel will cover questions such as:

  • “What are the causes and political consequences of Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine?
  • What are the likely long-term impacts of war between Russia and Ukraine – will the conflict spread, how will it impact alliances, and what are the possible implications for nuclear deterrence?
  • How do Russian disinformation campaigns factor into the current conflict?”

The panelists include:

  • Steve Hanson, vice provost for Academic & International Affairs; Lettie Pate Evans professor of government
    • Expert in Russian and Soviet history and politics
    • Written scholarly articles and books, including “Post-Imperial Democracies: Ideology and Party Formation in Third Republic France, Weimar Germany, and Post-Soviet Russia” and the award-winning “Time and Revolution: Marxism and the Design of Soviet Institutions.”
  • Amy Oakes, associate professor of government; co-director of the Project on Peace and International Security
    • Research interests include domestic causes of war and nuclear nonproliferation.
    • Written a book, “Diversionary War,” which examines whether governments provoke international crises in response to domestic unrest.
    • Co-director of the Project on International Peace and Security.
  • Lincoln Zaleski ’20, AidData junior program manager
    • Specializes in Russian influence in Eastern Europe through media and information operations.
    • Produced a 2020 white paper for the Project on International Peace and Security named “Disinformation Ink Spots: a Framework to Combat Authoritarian Disinformation Campaigns.”

The moderator will be Mike Tierney, the director of the Global Research Institute and Hylton professor of government & international relations.

The discussion is open to the public and will also be streamed. The in-person location is Tucker Hall, 350 James Blair Drive, room 127A.

Register for the event here if you plan to attend online. A link to the event will be sent by email on March 1.