Public discussion at Aula Magna, May 23

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine constitutes the first major war between states in Europe since WWII. The Russian war has cost tens of thousands of lives, forced millions of Ukrainians to leave their homes and led Western governments to increase their defence budgets. The War is a caesura and likely to be considered the end of the Post-Cold War era in the future.
On May 23, Stockholm University will host an international public discussion on the Russian war in Ukraine. Prominent academics, analysts and policy-makers will explore the historical context of the war, as well as its consequences for Ukraine and other European countries.


10.00-10.30  Opening speeches: Yvonne Svanström (SU, Vice-rector), Karina Shyrokykh (Nordic Ukrainian Studies Network)

10.30-11.30  Keynote: Mykola Riabchuk (Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)

13.00-14.00  Panel 1: The Historical Context
Moderator: Aryo Makko (SU)
Participants: Andreas Umland (Swedish Institute of International Affairs), Yulia Yurchuk (Södertorn University), Olenka Pevny (Cambridge University), Thomas Jonter (SU)

14.15-15.15   Panel 2: The Consequences for Ukraine and Beyond
Moderator: Yulia Yurchuk (Södertörn University)
Participants: Jakob Hedenskog (Swedish Institute of International Affairs), Anton Shekhovtsov (University of Vienna), Kateryna Wolczuk (Chatham House), Anders Österberg (Swedish Social Democratic Party)

15.30-16.30   Panel 3: Ukraine and/in the World
Moderator: Karina Shyrokykh (SU)
Participants: Magnus Petersson (SU), Mykola Riabchuk (Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), Olga Ayvazovska (Opora)