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Forum: Ukraine

Join us on Monday, April 7, from Noon to 1:45 p.m. at SCSU's Michael J. Adanti Student Center, Grand Ballroom, for the following program:

"Crisis in Ukraine: What Happened and What's Next?"

Tensions are running high throughout Europe and the United States over Russia's decision to annex the Crimean Peninsula -- a southwestern section of Ukraine. Some say this development has the potential to usher in a Cold War-like era between Russia on one side and the United States and the European Union on the other. Others are less pessimistic. But most U.S. experts agree the situation is serious.

map of Ukraine

Listen to local experts discuss:

  • what precipitated the recent overthrow of the Ukrainian government.
  • how the United States should respond to the Russian annexation of Crimea.
  • whether Russia is likely to seek control of other parts of Ukraine -- either militarily or through economic pressure.
  • whether Russia will try to reassert its influence over former members of the Warsaw Pact.
  • how the relationship between East and West will be affected, especially the U.S-Russia rivalry.

Panelists will include:

  • Greg Adams, chairman of the SCSU Sociology Department and a Fulbright Scholar who did his work in Ukraine in 2003-04. He served as an elections monitor during the 2004 "Orange Revolution" in Ukraine.
  • Kevin Buterbaugh, SCSU professor of political science and an expert on international relations. He currently teaches a class on "War" and "U.S. Security Policy."
  • Matthew Schmidt, assistant professor of political science and national security at the University of New Haven. His background also includes Russian studies and he previously taught at the U.S. Army's School of Advanced Military Studies.
  • Krystyna Gorniak-Kocikowska, SCSU professor of philosophy with an expertise in religious studies, who left her native Poland just before the fall of the Iron Curtain. She can talk about the concerns of people in Eastern Europe.
  • Costel Calin, SCSU assistant professor of political science, who is an international relations specialist. His research includes European Union politics and security, as well as U.S. public diplomacy in Eastern Europe. Born in Romania, he once worked for that country's Department of National Security.
  • Patricia Olney, SCSU professor of political science, who specializes in international relations. An expert on Latin America, she also has done considerable research on worldwide U.S. security issues.
  • Chris Velardi, anchor of Channel 8's Good Morning Connecticut news show, will serve as moderator.
  • The program will include opening remarks from each panelist, a discussion among the panelists and audience Q & A.

The event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact forum coordinator Joe Musante at (203) 392-5073 or at: