Experts available to comment as war in Ukraine reaches the sixth month mark

Ukrainians mark Independence Day on Wednesday, Aug. 24, which is also the six-month anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Western University has the following experts available to speak on a range of topics related to the war.

Oleksa Drachewych

Associate Professor, Department of History, King’s University College

Areas of Expertise: History of Russian foreign policy, history of Soviet and modern European foreign policy, transnational anti-imperialism

Marta Dyczok

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Areas of Expertise: International politics and history with a focus on East Central Europe and Ukraine, history, mass media, migration, post-communism, producer of Ukraine Calling on Public Radio Ukraine

Vicki Esses

Professor, Department of Psychology; Director, Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations

Areas of Expertise: Refugee flows, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) responses to refugees, immigration and cultural diversity, ethnic relations

Valerie Oosterveld

Professor, Faculty of Law at Western; Associate Director of the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Areas of Expertise: International criminal law, including with respect to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes

Erika Simpson

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; President of the Canadian Peace Research Association

Areas of Expertise: International security, Canadian defence, foreign policy, NATO, peacekeeping, author of NATO and the Bomb

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