Why did Russia invade Ukraine? - with Maria Popova and Oxana Shevel

March 22, 2024
Why are identity and political values, rather than geopolitics, the genuine causes of the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

How can we locate the Russian invasion in the wider context of Ukrainian-Russian relations? How can we describe the divergent paths that Ukraine and Russia took after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and how do these divergent paths explain the current war?

  • The Explaining Ukraine podcast invites Maria Popova and Oxana Shevel, authors of the book "Russia and Ukraine: Entangled Histories, Diverging States", published last year.

The book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Russia-Ukraine-Entangled-Histories-Diverging/dp/1509557369

  • Maria Popova is a professor of political science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
  • Oxana Shevel is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA, and Director of the Tufts International Relations program.
  • Host: Volodymyr Yermolenko, Ukrainian philosopher, chief editor of UkraineWorld and president of PEN Ukraine.

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