Experts available to speak on the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

February 24 marks one year since Russia’s escalation of its war on Ukraine with a full-scale invasion. The following experts have been providing insight on the conflict since it began and are available to media for comment.

Oleksa Drachewych

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

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

Marta Dyczok

Associate Professor, Departments of Political Science, History

Areas of Expertise: International politics and history with a focus on East Central Europe and Ukraine, war of information, history, mass media, migration, post-communism.

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.

Matthew Lebo

Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science

Areas of Expertise: U.S. support for Ukraine, politics of U.S. military support, war’s effect on domestic politics in U.S., effect of foreign crises on elections, political parties in Congress.

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, war crimes in Ukraine, prosecuting war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

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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