Europe Today Lecture Series: Identity, Nation Building, and the War in Ukraine

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Oxana Shevel

Oxana Shevel
Associate Professor, Political Science
Tufts University


When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Ukraine’s spirited and effective resistance caught many observers by surprise amidst expectations of Russia’s quick victory. This talk will focus on the profound identity transformation within the Ukrainian society that began following the Euromaidan revolution and the start of Russian aggression against Ukraine in 2014. Examining sources and consequences of these identity shifts sheds light on the sources of Ukrainian resistance, the nature of Putin’s miscalculations about Ukraine, and the likely future of post-war Ukraine, Russia, and their relations with each other and with Europe.

PhD in Political Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 2003
MPhil in International Relations, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1994
BA in English and French Philology, Kyiv State University, Kyiv, Ukraine, 1992

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