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First anniversary of the war in Ukraine - SFU experts available

February 15, 2023

The following SFU experts are available to comment on the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine (February 24th): 


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

SVITLANA MATVIYENKO, assistant professor of critical media analysis, School of Communication & associate director of the Digital Democracies Institute       

(Note: was in Ukraine from the beginning of the full-scale invasion in February 2022 till February 2023, currently in Germany, please note nine hour time difference and please contact to arrange an interview)   

Expertise: nuclear blackmail, energy terrorism (including the occupation of the Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhia NPP), war crimes, deportation / filtration practices on the occupied territories (see:
general situation, sense of reality on the ground, cyber warfare (DDos, drones, disinformation, propaganda etc.), Russian imperialism and how it plays out in the current war 

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

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


MELISSA SHAW, SFU Communications & Marketing 
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