Understanding the War in Ukraine: A Panel with SFU Experts

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shocked the world and has left many of us grappling to understand what this means, how it happened and what we can do.

Join us for a panel discussion with SFU experts on Russian history and foreign policy, cyberwarfare and dis/misinformation, international security, diplomacy and refugee crises. Each expert will give a short presentation on their area of expertise as it relates to the war in Ukraine, with space for questions and discussion.

This event is hosted by SFU Public Square and the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University.


Ilya Vinkovetsky — Associate Professor, Department of History
Topic: 19th-century Russian history and colonial practices and their influence on today’s war

Nicole Jackson — Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies, School for International Studies
Topic: Russia’s military involvement in conflicts in former Soviet space and what this war means for Russia and the region

Svitlana Matviyenko — Assistant Professor of Critical Media Analysis, School of Communication
Topic: Matviyenko is currently teaching courses remotely from Ukraine and keeping a war diary about her experience. She will speak about digital militarism, dis- and misinformation, and cyberwar.

Paul Meyer — Fellow in International Security and Adjunct Professor, School for International Studies
Topic: Responses to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine from the United Nations, NATO and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

James Horncastle — Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, and Edward and Emily McWhinney Professor in International Relations
Topic: The refugee crisis and humanitarian response


Megan MacKenzie — Professor and Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security, School for International Studies

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Further reading and resources

Ways to support people in Ukraine

Interviews and writing from our panelists on the war in Ukraine

Wed, April 13, 2022

9:30AM (PT)

Online Event




  • School for International Studies
  • SFU Public Square