Russia’s illegal invasion and war on Ukraine has made even more volatile and turbulent a world already in disordered and turbulent transition. The consequences for the Ukrainian people are devastating to life, home, safety and security. Their country is at war, there is an heroic resistance to invading forces, a refugee crisis that is impacting millions of people, an economy in ruins. Russia is being sanctioned by almost all the major world powers and their corporations and banks, its currency is collapsing, its international standing is at an all time low, and the UN General Assembly has condemned its aggression. Germany seems more willing than ever to militarise its foreign policy. The US seems to have found a new lease of life for its commitments to Europe. In wartime, it seems, the ‘west’ is more united than it has been since the Cold War. Hungary and Turkey seem to have decided that they are better off in the western camp after all. China is watching and waiting, playing its own hand as honest broker. What might this mean in regard to Taiwan? Regional war, global earthquake?
How did it come to this? How did we get here? This Round Table aims to address these and other questions to clarify and complexify what is going on and what it might mean for the people of Ukraine, power politics and world order. Our panellists explore the historical context, the geopolitics, the racialised and gendered character of the war, and the nature of its coverage in Russian and western media, and the weaponisation of history. A hot war in the era of fake news.
We also invite students and colleagues to send in their questions, their concerns, ahead of the discussion so that the panellists can try to take them up and address them either in their remarks or through the chair.
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Date: Tuesday 15th March 2022
Time: 18:00 - 19:30 (UK time)
Location: ELG03 (Drysdale Building)
Address: City, University of London, Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB
Chair: Amnon Aran
David Blunt - Is This A Just War?
Dina Fainberg - The Abuse and Weaponisation of History
Kseniya Oksamytna - 'Westplaining' Ukraine
Inderjeet Parmar - Structure and Agency: US Power, Russia and Geopolitics
Koen Slootmaeckers - Gendered Impacts of the War
Sean Starrs - Decolonising the White Supremacist Worldview of War in Europe