University of Rochester

EVENT: Experts to Discuss Crisis in Ukraine

March 27, 2014

TIME, DATE, PLACE: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday April 3, Gleason Hall 318-418, University of Rochester River Campus

WHAT: Four University of Rochester experts will discuss the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. The panel will touch on a variety of issues including Russian President Vladimir Putin's objectives and speculation about his next moves. The panel also will explore political constraints, such as Europe's dependency on Russian oil and reliance on exports to Russia.

PANELISTS: Randall Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies and professor of political science, is an expert on the IMF, the World Bank, and eastern and central Europe. His publications include Controlling Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Lending Credibility (Princeton University Press, 2002), and Satellites and Commissars (Princeton University Press, 1996).

Henk Goemans, associate professor of political science, is an expert on international conflict. He studies why leaders initiate international conflict and why people become attached to a "homeland" and the consequences of such attachments for international conflict. His publications include Fighting for Survival; Leaders and International Conflict with Giacomo Chiozza (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and War and Punishment (Princeton University Press, 2000).

Matthew Lenoe, associate professor of history, is an expert on Stalinist culture and politics and the history of mass media in Russia. His publications include Closer to the Masses: Stalinist Culture, Social Revolution, and Soviet Newspapers (Harvard University Press, 2004) and The Kirov Murder and Soviet History (Yale University Press, 2010).

Nikita Maslennikov, a senior lecturer of Russian, is an economist who has worked on urban and investment planning for the Russian government and international firms.

ADMISSION: The talk is free and open to the public. Free evening parking is available in all campus lots.

SPONSOR: The University of Rochester's Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies and the University of Rochester Slavic Club.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Skalny Center at 585.275.9898.