Kelman Seminar: Covering Russia’s Wars Then and Now

Event Date: Tuesday February 21, 2023
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents:

Covering Russia’s Wars: Then and Now

A virtual talk with:

Paule Robitaille

Paule Robitaille
Independent Journalist


Tuesday, February 21, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET (US and Canada)
Free and open to the public.

This session will be recorded. Pending approval, we will post the recorded webinar on this page after the session.


About the talk:

Accurate reporting and insights from credible sources in the field are essential for key actors in any conflict to assess whether a resolution is ripe or not. The war in Ukraine is a prime example. In addition, the means by which journalists are covering conflicts globally have changed enormously since the independence of the former republics of the USSR. Paule Robitaille is a Canadian journalist who covered the collapse of the Soviet Union in the nineties and the conflicts that unfolded thereafter. This past December she returned to Ukraine, Georgia and Latvia. In this presentation, Paule will offer eyewitness accounts from her time in the field and share how both her profession and the means of reporting in conflict zones have changed.

About the speaker:

Paule Robitaille, B.C.L./L.L.B., is an independent journalist and lawyer. A Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard (2001-2002), she lived in Moscow from 1990 to 1996. She left journalism to work as an adjudicator for the Refugee Board of Canada in 2004. She was later elected to the National Assembly of Quebec where she served from 2018 to 2022. After leaving politics, she returned to journalism and revisited, a quarter of a century later, countries dear to her heart, once republics of the former Soviet Union.

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series:

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. The seminar considers ways to strengthen the capacity to prevent, resolve, and transform ethnonational conflicts.

 For more information on the Kelman Seminar Series, contact Donna Hicks at


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