BU Political Science to host ‘Crisis in Ukraine’ online forum


Political scientists at Brandon University have their eyes on Ukraine, and are coming together to share their knowledge, understanding, and advice with the community this Monday from 7–8:30 p.m.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has launched a terrible war and a growing humanitarian disaster in Eastern Europe. This is a critical moment for the world, with far-reaching implications for Canada — and Brandon,” said BU professor Dr. Richard Baker, who is helping organize the online forum. “The world is watching, and as political scientists we are well-placed to provide the insights that can help turn that awareness into action.”

The forum is open to the public through Zoom, and will feature a keynote from Yuliia Ivaniuk, coordinator of the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies at the University of Manitoba.

Other speakers will be:

  • Dr. Kelly Saunders — Implications for Canada
  • Dr. Hailey Murphy — Truth Claims
  • Dr. Richard Baker — Implications for European Security
  • Chris Hunt — Military and Strategic Perspectives

Dr. Allison McCulloch will moderate the panel and forum.

Hunt is a BU graduate and Canadian military veteran who recently spent time in Ukraine training their military, while Drs. Saunders, Murphy, Baker, and McCulloch are BU faculty members in the Political Science department.

“We are all horrified by the killing and indiscriminate attacks in Ukraine,” Baker said. “While there’s little that we can do from here to directly end the war, we can come together as a community to share our expertise, to make informed predictions, and to strategize on the best political solutions so we can demand from Ottawa the most effective response.”

Zoom link: https://brandonu-ca.zoom.us/j/96559850750?pwd=VW12UkdJUXlyblF3OTZtNTN4c2ZIdz09

(BU News Release)