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Week 1 Seminar A: The war in Ukraine

  • How does Vladimir Putin justify the annexation of the Crimean peninsula?

  • What is the history behind the war in Ukraine?

  • What is the role of "the West" in this war and how should the European Union respond?

Essential Reading

Address by the President of the Russian Federation, 18 March 2014

John-Paul Himka, 'The History behind the Regional Conflict in Ukraine', Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 16,1 (Winter 2015), pp. 129-136 (online version)

Andreas Kappeler, 'Ukraine and Russia: Legacies of the Imperial Past and Competing Memories', Journal of Eurasian Studies,5 (2014), no. 2, pp. 107-115

Recommended Reading

Conflict in Ukraine, Council on Foreign Relations

Task: Please read a bit around in the internet, in newspapers and journals about the conflict in Ukraine. What different explanations do you find? Also have a look at recent articles in The Times, The Guardian, The Economist, Foreign Affairs (all available online - their archives can be accessed by using the library website).