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Responding to the Russian State's Aggression: the Role of Sanctions

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Responding to the Russian State's Aggression: the Role of Sanctions

The Faculty of Social Sciences is pleased to be hosting a special event for faculty, students and staff. We invite you to join us for a panel discussion followed by an opportunity to engage with our panellists at a drinks reception after the event.

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, a violent conflict has been ongoing over Ukraine’s borders and over Ukraine’s existence as an independent state. NATO and the European Union have taken Ukraine’s side. Sanctions on Russia’s trade and credit and on selected Russian corporations and citizens have been at the forefront of Western countries’ responses as far back as 2014. In fact, the imposition of various sanctions has become a frequent response to any kind of conflict in which Western interests or values are seen to be at stake.

The Faculty have invited a panel of experts to discuss these events and to draw on their extensive knowledge of the region, including: Lord Robert Skidelsky, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy and a member of the House of Lords, Emeritus Professor Mark Harrison from the Department of Economics and Professor Maria Koinova from the Department of Politics and International Studies. They are joined by Professor Rilka Dragneva-Lewers from the University of Birmingham. The discussion will be chaired by Liam Halligan, an economist and broadcaster and a former student of Warwick Economics

We will be discussing in more detail whether sanctions have been productive or counterproductive, if sanctions can deter aggression and what is their role when aggression nonetheless takes place and if sanctions can uphold or undermine international law.

There will be an opportunity for you to engage in the discussion during the Q&A session at the end of the discussion.


Date: Wednesday 1 March 2023, 6.15 - 7.30pm
Location: Ramphal Lecture Theatre


Lord Robert Skidelsky - Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick and member of the House of Lords

Robert Skidelsky was Professor of International Studies at the University of Warwick from 1978-1990 and Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick from 1990-2007. His three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes (1983,1992, 2000) won five prizes. His latest book is "Money and Government"; (Allen Lane 2018) and he is now working on a book about automation and the future of work.

He was made a member of the House of Lords in 1991, sitting on the cross benches, He is also the chairman of the Centre for Global Studies

Maria Koinova - Professor of International Relations at the University of Warwick

Maria Koinova’s expertise is at the intersection of international relations, conflict and postcommunist studies, and international politics of migration. “Diaspora Entrepreneurs and Contested States” (Oxford 2021). She has published numerous articles from a European Research Council starting grant project she directed as a Principal Investigator, and was on the governing board of an EU Jean Monnet Network “Between the EU and Russia”.

Professor Koinova is currently also an Associate Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Germany. In term 2/2022-2023 she is teaching a module "Russia in World Politics”. .

Mark Harrison - Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick

Mark is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is a research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and of Warwick's Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy. He was one of the first western economists to work in Russian archives after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He has written extensively on the economics of the two World Wars and the Cold War.

His book "Secret Leviathan: Secrecy and State Capacity Under Soviet Communism" will be published in 2023

Rilka Dragneva-Lewers - Professor of International Legal Studies at the University of Birmingham

Rilka Dragneva-Lewers is Professor of International Legal Studies at Birmingham Law School. She works on regional integration, EU external policy, legal reform and international diffusion of norms with a special reference to Eastern Europe. Her recent research focuses on Eurasian economic integration as a case of authoritarian regionalism, EU's agreements with countries in the post-Soviet region, and the global implications of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Her expertise in the field has enabled her to engage in interactions with policy-makers and leading think-tanks, law reform technical assistance projects, and professional training activities. .

Rilka is a member of the editorial board of Review of Central and East European Law and International Journal of Law and Management.


Liam Halligan (BSc Economics 1991)

Liam Halligan is an economist, author and broadcaster. He is best known for his weekly “Economics Agenda” column – which has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph since 2003 and been recognised with a British Press Award. He is also Economics and Business Editor at GB News. Halligan has reported for The Economist from Moscow, was Political Correspondent for The Financial Times and spent eight years leading the economics and business coverage on Channel Four News.. .

He holds a first-class degree in economics from Warwick University and an MPhil (Econ) from St Antony’s College, Oxford and is on the Advisory Board of Warwick's Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy.

Please note: We will be taking photographs throughout the event that may be used for marketing purposes (e.g promotional materials). By registering and attending this event we assume that you are giving your consent to be photographed. However if you do not wish to be photographed please inform the photographer or a member of the Faculty staff on the day. You can withdraw your consent at any time via email to maxine.thacker@warwick.a.cuk. .


This event is for Faculty of Social Sciences students and staff only. Registration for the event is essential. Registration will close at 4pm Tuesday 28 February

You will receive an email with further details closer to the event date.

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