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The Russia-Ukraine conflict has destabilised the already volatile world order. This conflict unleashed one of the biggest humanitarian crises in Europe since 1945. More than three million people have fled Ukraine, and innumerable lives have been lost. The United States and the European Union have imposed tough economic sanctions on Russia. Several Western businesses — manufacturers, oil companies, retailers, and fast-food chains — have suspended operations in Russia. But this conflict does not seem to be ending anytime soon.
What's behind the Ukraine crisis? Why have several rounds of diplomatic talks between Russia and Ukraine failed to stop the war? What has happened to the European security structure that has helped keep the peace on the continent? Is this the end of globalisation and peaceful international politics? What is the story behind India's diplomatic response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict?
Our speaker is an analyst on geopolitics and has written about the Russia-Ukraine conflict. He will unearth the story behind the conflict and its impact on India. He will also argue why the world lacks a global leadership that can mobilise the international community to bring this conflict to a close.
Nitin Pai is the co-founder and director of The Takshashila Institution, a Bangalore-based independent think tank and school of public policy started to champion India’s national interest and constitutional values. An analyst and a columnist writing on geopolitics, Nitin has put across his opinion on the Russia-Ukraine conflict in various publications. He is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, and serves on the board of the Jal Seva Foundation (WaterAid India) and the Government of Karnataka’s Vision Group on Higher Education.
Keita Omi is an Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences division of the School of Arts and Sciences. He specialises in developing the study of foreign policy, intelligence, and government leadership. Professor Omi did his PhD in Political Science at the University of Utah in the US, his Masters in Political Science from San Francisco State University, and his Bachelors in Computer Science from Reitaku University, Chiba, Japan.
Meet Patel, BBA, Class of 2024, School of Arts and Sciences, was part of Professor Omi’s Introduction to International Relations course. Meet is deeply interested in border conflicts, and in understanding why people take the stand they do. At the Round Table Presentation for the course, he had presented on the Russia-Ukraine War.