Center for German and European Studies

Contextualizing the Ukraine Crisis

In cooperation with the the Department of German, Russian and Asian Language and Literature and Russian Studies.

Monday, March 21st, 2022
12:00 p.m. ET (US)
Zoom Webinar

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About the Event

Map of Europe with Russia and Ukraine flag in the shape of diceJoin Steven Wilson (Politics, Brandeis), Simon Pirani (University of Durham) and Marcel Roethig (Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Kiyv, Ukraine), three experts who will discuss the broader context of the Ukraine Crisis.


About the Speakers

Portrait of Marcel Roethig smiling.Since 2017, Marcel Röthig has headed the Friedrich Ebert Foundation's Ukraine office based in Kyiv. He has been with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation since 2013, first in the department for central tasks in Berlin, then as Deputy Resident Representative in the Russian Federation (2014-2016) and as head of the regional office "Dialogue Eastern Europe" in Kyiv. From 2017 to 2020 he was country representative for Belarus, parallel to Ukraine, and since 2021in the Republic of Moldova. He studied political science with a focus on Eastern Europe in Berlin and worked for various members of the German Bundestag for several years.

Portrait of Dr. Stephen Lloyd Wilson smilingDr. Steven Lloyd Wilson is an assistant professor of politics at Brandeis University. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016, serves as the Project Manager of Computational Infrastructure for the Varieties of Democracy Institute at the University of Gothenburg, and is one of the principal investigators for the Digital Society Project. His research focuses on comparative democratization, cyber-security, and the effect of the Internet on authoritarian regimes, particular in the post-Communist world. He also works on a variety of projects involving network and content analysis of social media around the world.

Head portrait of Simon Pirani.Simon Pirani is honorary professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Durham. His most recent book is Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption (Pluto Press, 2018). Over the last 30 years he has written widely on energy issues in Russia, Ukraine and the Caspian region.