The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies hosted an online roundtable discussion on “Ukraine: War, Solidarity, and European Security” on Monday, March 7, from 12:00-1:00 pm EST.
The AABS and the Baltic scholarly community are watching with horror at the invasion of Ukraine, and our attention is devoted to the war and its consequences, most of all for the Ukrainian people. The AABS Board of Directors has condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and calls on President Putin to immediately withdraw all Russian forces from Ukraine. This roundtable brought together scholars from Ukraine and the Baltic states and discussed the war in Ukraine and featured a side discussion about how the shifting European security situation has implications for the Baltic States.
Oxana Shevel (PhD, Harvard University) is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University and President of the American Association for Ukrainian Studies. Her research and teaching focus on the post-Communist region surrounding Russia, and issues such as nation- and state-building, the politics of citizenship and migration, memory and religious politics, and challenges to democratization in the post-Soviet region. She is the author of Migration, Refugee Policy, and State Building in Postcommunist Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which examines how the politics of national identity and strategies of the UNHCR shape refugee admission policies in the post-Communist region, leading countries to be more or less receptive to refugees. The book won the American Association of Ukrainian Studies (AAUS) 2012 book prize. Professor Shevel’s current research projects examine the sources of citizenship policies in the post-Communist states; church-state relations in Ukraine; the origins of separatist conflict in Donbas; and memory politics in post-Soviet Ukraine. Her research has appeared in a variety of journals, including Comparative Politics, Current History, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, Geopolitics, Nationality Papers, Post-Soviet Affairs, Political Science Quarterly, Slavic Review and in edited volumes.
University of Toronto
Andres Kasekamp (PhD, University College London) is the Chair of Estonian Studies and Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Previously, he was the Professor of Baltic Politics at the University of Tartu and Director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute. He has served as the Editor of the Journal of Baltic Studies and the President of AABS. He is the author of numerous publications. His most recent book A History of the Baltic States, 2nd updated edition (Palgrave, 2018), has been translated into nine languages and received several awards, including the Baltic Assembly’s Science Prize. He currently serves as Director-at-Large at AABS.
Georgia Gwinnett College
Dovilė Budrytė (PhD, Old Dominion University) is Professor of Political Science and Chair of Faculty (Political Science) at Georgia Gwinnett College. In 2015, 2018 and 2019 she was a visiting professor at Vilnius University and Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. She has published articles and books on various topics related to minority rights and memory politics in Lithuania, including Memory and Trauma in International Relations: Theories, Cases and Debates (co-editor with Erica Resende, Routledge 2013), and Crisis and Change in Post-Cold War Global Politics: Ukraine in a Comparative Perspective (co-edited with Erica Resende and Didem Buhari, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). In 2014/15, she was the recipient of the University System of Georgia Excellence in Teaching Award. She currently serves as the President-Elect of AABS.
University of Latvia
Daunis Auers (PhD, University College London) is Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Latvia.. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley (2005-2006) and a Baltic-American Freedom Foundation Scholar at Wayne State University in Detroit (2014). He has published widely on political parties, elections and referendums as well as populism and the radical right in Baltic and European politics. His most recent book – The Comparative Government and Politics of the Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the 21st Century – was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. Much of his recent research has been more policy-oriented, focusing on the growth and economic impact of international students in Latvia, projections of Latvia’s demographic future and studies of the competitiveness of the city of Riga. He currently serves as President of AABS.