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Updated: Russia invades Ukraine: SFU experts available

February 28, 2022

The following SFU experts are available to comment on the Russia-Ukraine conflict: 


ELIS VLLASI, lecturer, political science, NATO Field School                   
Expertise: Russian influence operations, hybrid warfare and NATO security 

JAMES HORNCASTLE, assistant professor, humanities, Edward and Emily McWhinney Professor in International Relations                 
Expertise: International relations, refugees, migration, NATO, Balkan history, special military operations

SVITLANA MATVIYENKO, assistant professor of critical media analysis, School of Communication & associate director of the Digital Democracies Institute      
(Note: currently in Ukraine, please note 10 hour time difference and please contact to arrange an interview)          
Expertise: general situation, sense of reality on the ground, cyber warfare (DDos, drones, disinformation, social media etc.), Russian imperialism and how it plays out in the current war

RADOSLAV DIMITROV, associate professor, political science                 
Expertise: UN diplomacy, global environmental politics

STEVAN BOZANICH, PhD candidate, history                  
Expertise: conflict in Eastern Europe, genocide and military cultures

IIYA VINKOVETSKY, associate professor, history                  
Expertise: Russian history including culture, commerce, politics, and colonial practices

NICOLE JACKSON, professor, international studies (available by phone/email only)  
Expertise: Russia/Ukraine crisis (how it got to this point), Russia’s (military and other) involvement generally in the former Soviet space and conflicts therein, Russian hybrid conflict, Canada (and NATO) involvement in the crisis

DOUG MCARTHUR, professor emeritus, public policy
Expertise: the developing situation in Ukraine, political processes

PAUL MEYER, professor, international studies
Expertise: Russia and Ukraine crisis, the role of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and NATO

ALEX MOENS, department chair and professor, political science
Expertise: NATO, defence relations, great power competition, international security

STEWART PREST, lecturer, political science
Expertise: Canada’s response to the Russian-Ukraine crisis


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