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Date: Friday, October 17, 2014

Time: Coffee and Cookies at 1:30 p.m.
Program from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (approximate)

Location: Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 50 Diamond Causeway, Skidaway Island, Georgia 31411
Access: Open to the public at no charge.

We have all watched in amazement at the blatant land grab by Vladimir Putin, first in Crimea and now treatening Ukraine proper.  Yet few of us have much understanding of the history and culture uniting Russia and Ukraine, nor do we understand the options available to the European Union and NATO.  The Savannah Council on World Affairs is fortunate to have assembled a panel of experts with deep understanding of this troubled area who will explain in a detailed yet understandable way the unifying logic of this challenging situation. In a unique twist, one of the panel members will give their report from Kiev, in the Ukraine, via Skype.  This will be a wonderfully interesting program and we encourage everyone to join us.

Chair - Dr. Olavi Arens, Professor of History, Armstrong State University

What is Ukraine? - Dr. Jacek Lubecki, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of  the Center for International Studies, Georgia Southern University

The Russian Perspective on Ukraine - Dr. Martin Blackwell, Associate Professor of History, University of North Georgia

European Union Policy Options on Ukraine - Dr. Jamie E. Scalera, Associate Professor of History, Georgia Southern University

NATO and the Ukranian Crisis - Dr. James W. Peterson, Professor of Political Science and Head of the Department of Political Science, Valdosta State University

Report from Kiev, Ukraine (via Skype) - Mr. William Risch, Associate Professor of History, Georgia College & State University

Jacek Lubecki was born in Poland and studied law and romance languages at the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan, Poland. He received his Ph.D. in International Studies from the Graduate School of International studies, University of Denver in 2000. Among his publications is: “Poland in Iraq” (Polish Review, summer 2005).

Martin Blackwell, following the completion of his undergraduate degree, lived and worked for many year in such cities as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv, and L’viv (the latter two in Ukraine). He received his Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, Bloomington. Among his publications is: “The Reconstruction of the Communist Party in Kyiv after the Nazi Occupation” (Modern History of Russia, vol. 1, no. 2, Nov. 2011).

Jamie E. Scalera received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently working on several projects that examine the process of accession to international organizations and the impact of membership on member-states. Among her publications is: “The Divergent Effects of Joining International Organizations: Trade Gains and the Rigors of WTO Accession” (with Todd Allee) (International Organization 66, Spring 2012).

James W. Peterson received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the editor of Czech and Slovak History Newsletter. Among his publications is “The Czech Republic and the World: Conflicting Loyalties, Organizational Memberships, and Changed National Images (Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies, No. 1907, Aug. 2008).

William Risch is currently doing research in Kyiv, Ukraine. Among his numerous publications is a book, “The Ukrainian West: Culture and the Fate of Empire in Soviet Lviv” (Harvard University Press, 2011). The breadth of his interest is indicated by a recent article, “Escape from the Street: Language, Rock-and-Roll, and Subversive Youth Space in Late Socialist Lviv” (E. Foust and S. Fuggle, ed., “Word on the Street: Reading, Writing & Inhabiting Public Space, London, 2011).

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