Online Podium Discussion: Russia’s Ukraine war and governance

The role, failure and future prospects of international and national governance

Despite gradual worsening of Russian-Western relations towards a new "Cold War" and their contestation of territories and norms, despite changes in Russian foreign and domestic policies and the growing military presence in the region, the outbreak of the large-scale hot war in Europe in February 2022 has shocked most political observers and policy makers. The number of victims, refugees and internally displaced persons, destroyed civil objects and strategic infrastructure in Ukraine, is horryfing.

The question is why the war has happened, despite Russia’s, Ukraine’s and the „West“‘s involvement and interaction in different international governance structures. Another question is about Russian internal political and normative structures, which allow this so-called "special operation" in Russia. The final and most important question is about how to end the war and to bring long-lasting peace to Ukraine and to Europe. Which role can the available international governance institutions still play, if any at all? Are the sanctions the only possible way to stop this war?

Join us online on 24 June at 6:30 p.m. (CET) to discuss these questions with prominent international experts on European security and governance, on Russian-Western relations and Russian and Ukrainian politics.

This podium discussion is organized by the distance-learning Studies Programme Master in Governance and Human Rights at the Professional School at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg.


Prof. Michael Brzoska is senior research fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy in Hamburg (IFSH). From February 2006 until September 2016, he was Scientific Director of the IFSH. Michael Brzoska is also an Associate Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Armament and Disarmament Programme. He is an expert on European peace and security policy, conflict prevention, arms control as well as arms production and exports.

Dr. Natasha Kuhrt is a Lecturer in International Peace & Security in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. In 2011 she established the British International Studies Association Working Group on Russian & Eurasian Security within BISA and she remains co-convenor of this group. Her areas of expertise are Russian and Eurasian security/foreign policy especially in Asia, international law, nationalism and identity; populism; regions and regionalism.

Dr. Evgeny Roshchin is a non-resident fellow at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), the George Washington University (as of May 2022). Before April 2022, he was Head of School of International Relations and Politics at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA, St Petersburg). He is an expert on International Relations.

Dr. Andreas Umland is analyst at the Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies (SCEEUS) at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). He is also an Associate Professor of Political Science at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He is an expert for Russian and Ukrainian domestic politics, foreign affairs and nationalism, and history of the USSR.


Dr. Elena Kropacheva is the coordinator of the distance-learning Programme „Master in Governance and Human Rights“ at the Professional School at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. Until 2019 she was a researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH).


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