Understanding the War in Ukraine: A Panel with SFU Experts
Equity + Justice, 2022, Democracy, Media + Information
Associate Professor, Department of History
Ilya Vinkovetsky is an associate professor of history at Simon Fraser University and the author of Russian America: An Overseas Colony of a Continental Empire (Oxford University Press, 2011). Aside from publications on Russian colonialism and Indigenous people in Alaska, he has written on constitution-making, Eurasianism, and post-Soviet Russia. His most recent work is on the Russian Empire’s pre-railroad continent-wide transportation network and the Chinese-Russian tea trade.
Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies, School for International Studies
Nicole J. Jackson is Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies at SFU's School for International Studies. She teaches and researches in the area of security studies and foreign policy analysis, concentrating in particular on Russia and Central Asia.
Her first book, Russian Foreign Policy and the CIS: Theories, Debates and Actions, examined Russian ideas and debates over military involvement in Georgia, Moldova and Tajikistan. Most of her research focuses on Russia’s involvement in the post-Soviet space, and includes the securitization of trafficking in Central Asia, Russia’s policies towards Central Asia, and Russia’s involvement in regional organizations. More recently she has written on Russia’s approach to outer space and NATO and Canadian approaches to hybrid threats and disinformation.
Born in Montreal, her BA (Hons.) in Political Science is from the University of Toronto (Trinity College) and her MSc and PhD are from the London School of Economics. Dr. Jackson’s research has been funded by major fellowships. She is currently a board member of the NATO Association of Canada and the Canadian Association of Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS) Vancouver. She is the recipient of the 2012 SFU Cormack Award for Teaching Excellence.
Assistant Professor of Critical Media Analysis, School of Communication
Svitlana Matviyenko is an assistant professor of critical media analysis in SFU's School of Communication. Her research and teaching are focused on information and cyberwar; political economy of information; media and environment; infrastructure studies; and STS. She writes about practices of resistance and mobilization; digital militarism; dis- and misinformation; Internet history; cybernetics; psychoanalysis; posthumanism; the Soviet and the post-Soviet techno-politics; and nuclear cultures, including the Chernobyl Zone of Exclusion. She is a co-editor of two collections, The Imaginary App (MIT Press, 2014) and Lacan and the Posthuman (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). She is a co-author of Cyberwar and Revolution: Digital Subterfuge in Global Capitalism (Minnesota UP, 2019), a winner of the 2019 book award of the Science, Technology and Art in International Relations (STAIR) section of the International Studies Association and of the Canadian Communication Association's 2020 Gertrude J. Robinson book prize.
Fellow in International Security and Adjunct Professor, School for International Studies
Paul Meyer is a fellow in international security and an adjunct professor of international studies at SFU. Prior to assuming his current appointments in 2011, Meyer had a 35-year career with the Canadian Foreign Service. Meyer had diplomatic assignments in Oslo, Moscow, Brussels (NATO), Washington, Tokyo and from 2003-2007 in Geneva where he served as Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and to the Conference on Disarmament. At the then Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s HQ, Meyer held a variety of positions including Director General for International Security (1998-2001) and Director General for Security and Intelligence (2007-2010). Throughout his work, Meyer has sought to promote international security and conflict prevention by means of creative diplomacy. He currently teaches a course on diplomacy at SFU’s School for International Studies and beyond academia he is active as a director and past chair of the Canadian Pugwash Group, a senior advisor with ICT4Peace, a founding fellow of the Outer Space Institute and a member of the International Panel on Fissile Material. Meyer is engaged in research and writing on issues of Canadian diplomacy, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, outer space security and international cyber security.
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