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Anniversary of Russia’s war in Ukraine: IU experts available to comment

President Biden made a surprise visit to Kyiv on Feb. 20 and announced $500 million in additional military aid for Ukraine nearly one year after Russia’s full-scale invasion.

Tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed in the war, and millions of Ukrainians have been displaced. In addition to providing aid to Ukraine, the U.S., Canada, the European Union and others have responded to the war by imposing sanctions against Russia.

Indiana University experts are available to discuss the political, economic and humanitarian implications of the ongoing war. 

For more information, contact Barbara Brosher at bbrosher@iu.edu or 812-855-1175.

Michael De Groot
IU Bloomington

Michael De Groot

Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

Michael De Groot is an assistant professor of international studies in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at IU Bloomington. He is available to discuss the approaching one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Expertise

Russian and U.S. foreign policy, European political economy and security, energy geopolitics, 20th-century international history, the Cold War.

Sarah Phillips
IU Bloomington

Sarah Phillips

The College of Arts and Sciences

Sarah Phillips is a professor of anthropology and coordinator of the IU-Ukraine Nonresidential Scholars Program at IU Bloomington. She teaches courses on the Anthropology of Russia and Eastern Europe, Postsocialist Gender Formations and Medical Anthropology.

Expertise

Central and Eastern Europe, particularly the former Soviet Union (Ukraine and Russia), postsocialist transformations, civil society and non-governmental organizations, globalization, development and gender studies, post-Chernobyl health and healing, folk medicine, disability studies, HIV/AIDS and addiction.

Regina Smyth
IU Bloomington

Regina Smyth

Department of Political Science

Regina Smyth is a professor of political science at Indiana University; she is particularly interested in how state strategies to sustain the Putin regime influence Russian foreign policy decisions and international behavior. 

Expertise

Russian politics, Russian society, U.S.-Russia relations, protest and elections.

Vidhura Tennekoon
IUPUI

Vidhura Tennekoon

Department of Economics

Vidhura S. Tennekoon is an assistant professor of economics at IU Indianapolis. Before joining IU in 2014, he worked at the Department of Economics of the University of Oklahoma and Eastern Washington University. He also has professional experience as a central banker.

Expertise

Econometric forecasting, health policy, health economics, interest rates, inflation, monetary policy, banking, Sri Lanka.

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