Ukraine: Multiple Academic Perspectives

University of Utah professors can address various aspects of the current Ukrainian-Crimean-Russian conflict, including historical context, geopolitical relationships among key players, foreign policies and analysis and reaction to responses from the Obama Administration.

Need background and context?

Peter Von Sivers, Associate Professor, History Department
Peter Von Sivers can speak about the history of Crimea and its connection with the Ottoman Empire, from 1300-1900. In 1783, the Russian Empire annexed Crimea from the Ottomans, ending several centuries of Crimean Tatar vassalage under the Ottoman sultan. Von Sivers can address the Russian-Tatar wars as well as contemporary conflicts between ethnic minorities and majorities.

How does Ukraine’s Dilemma Affect the U.S., Europe and the Middle East?

Amos Guiora, Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Center for Global Justice, S.J. Quinney College of Law
Amos Guiora has extensive experience in counterterrorism and negotiation and recently published a book about modern geopolitics and security. He can provide insight into the Ukrainian-Crimean-Russian conflict by examining the geopolitical relationships between America and Russia, Russia and Europe and Russia and the Middle East.

Note: Amos Guiora is in Israel until March 17. While he is abroad, the best way to reach him is via email because of the time difference. He can also be reached on his cell and can provide Skype interviews.

Questions about U.S. Foreign Policy or Obama’s Response?

Brent Steele, Professor, Political Science Department
Brent Steele can speak about general international relations topics, and specifically on U.S. foreign policy, including the philosophies that inform it and the historical, organizational and political processes that influence it. He can also comment on the calculations and considerations of the Obama Administration with regard to the unfolding events in Russia, Crimea and the rest of Ukraine. His publications include articles, books, and chapters on U.S. foreign policy during the 2000s, accountability in global politics, humanitarian intervention and Just War and the influence of generations on U.S. politics and foreign policy.

Questions about European Foreign Policy?

John Francis, Professor, Political Science Department
John Francis focuses on foreign policy of the European Union and the policy preferences of some of the major members of the European Union, including British foreign and defense policy.

Need to know about Russian Foreign Policy?
Questions about Politics and Ethnic Tensions in Ukraine and Crimea?

Marjorie Castle, Associate Professor/Lecturer, Political Science Department
Marjorie Castle can speak about politics and ethnic conflict in central and eastern Europe and Eurasia, as well as about international relations in general, and specifically about international relations in that region, including Russian foreign policy.

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