When Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine in late February, Sergiy Kudelia, a political science professor at Baylor University, was conducting interviews in the Donbas for his forthcoming book on patterns of resistance to the near-decade-long conflict in the region. Both a scholar on conflict resolution and regime change in the former Soviet Union and a native Ukrainian, Kudelia has since been a valuable source of insight into Putin’s war in Ukraine and the motivations that drive it.
At this luncheon event, Kudelia shared his perspective on the drivers of Russian aggression and the invasion of Ukraine.
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Sergiy Kudelia, Ph.D., is an associate professor of political science at Baylor University. His scholarship focuses on Ukraine, Russia and the former Soviet Union, with research topics including conflict resolution and regime change. He has held faculty or research appointments at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, University of Toronto and the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and this spring was a visiting professor at the University of Basle in Switzerland, where he taught a course on contemporary Ukrainian politics. From 2008 to 2009, he served as adviser to the deputy prime minister of Ukraine.
Kudelia has been a leading academic voice probing beyond the headlines to explain Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. In addition to specializing in Ukrainian-Russian relations, he has conducted field research in 16 towns in the Donbas for a forthcoming book on resistance and collaboration during the early phase of the conflict in the region, which dates back to 2014. He has made regular appearances in international media to discuss the war in Ukraine, and has also written extensively about the topic and lectured on it at several European and American universities.
He was educated in Ukraine at Franko Lviv National University, and holds a master’s in political science from Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University in 2008.
Allen Matusow, Ph.D.
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