19-02-21 13:30 - 19-02-21 15:00
The War in Ukraine's Donbas: Origins, Trajectory, and Options for Resolution
The Defence Engagement Program is pleased to invite you to an expert briefing by Dr. David R. Marples. He is a Distinguished University Professor of Russian and East European History and currently Chair of the Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta. He is the author of sixteen single-authored books, including Ukraine in Conflict (2017), 'Our Glorious Past' Lukashenka’s Belarus and the Great Patriotic War (2014) and Heroes and Villains: Creating National History in Contemporary Ukraine (2008). He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has also edited three books on nuclear power and security in the former Soviet Union, contemporary Belarus, and most recently Ukraine’s Euromaidan: Analyses of a Civil Revolution (Stuttgart: ibidem Verlag, 2015, co-edited with Frederick Mills).
Dr. Marples will deliver a 45-minute presentation on 21 February, 2019 followed by a 45-minute Q&A focusing on Ukraine’s Donbas region, the challenges Ukraine is likely to face in 2019, and the role Canada should play. Dr. Marples will argue that regionalism in Ukraine is the key factor in 2019, which is at its most extreme in Donbas, but also critical in areas like Transcarpathia and the Odessa Region. Dr. Marples will also address Russia's evolving goals, and Ukraine’s developing political situation. The role of Canada in stabilizing Ukraine will be discussed, particularly Canada’s role in promoting democracy and the training of a new generation of civil servants, as well as Canada’s role in strengthening the Ukrainian army's coherence and capacity.
The briefing portion of the presentation will be filmed (no crowd scans), and made available upon request. The Q&A portion will not be filmed and will follow the Chatham House Rule. Following this event, a report of the briefing will be sent out to all invitees. A 5-minute summary video of the presentation will be available to the Defence Team on the Defence Team Video Library. This event will be available via video-teleconference for those outside of the NCR (for more details please send an email)
NDHQ (Pearkes), Brigadier Richard Malone Multimedia Room, 2NT
The event is only open to current federal government employees.