Russia and Ukraine: Answers and Questions (Video)

A faculty panel discusses events in Ukraine and some possible futures.
April 29, 2014

The situation in Ukraine is seen as the most urgent crisis in the world today, reminding some of the lead up to World War II. What got us here? And is there a way out? Faculty from Penn Arts and Sciences convened Understanding the Crisis in Ukraine: A Faculty Roundtable to look at the events in eastern Europe from a variety of vantage points. Here are some of the topics covered:


Why is this happening now?
Benjamin Nathans, Ronald S. Lauder Endowed Term Associate Professor of History


What is Putin’s end game?
Michael Horowitz, Associate Professor of Political Science


What do the Russian people want?
Kevin Platt, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor in the Humanities in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature


What do the Ukrainian people need?
Rudra Sil, Professor of Political Science


What are the greater national interests involved? 
Benjamin Nathans


What are the options for the West?
Thomas Childers, Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History
Ellen Kennedy, Professor of Political Science


To see the complete event, please click here (54:46).