Event Date: Tuesday November 15, 2022
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

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

The War in Ukraine: Causes and Economic Consequences

A virtual talk with:

Alexandra Vacroux
Executive Director
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Harvard University


Tuesday, November 15, 2022
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET (US and Canada)
Free and open to the public.

Zoom registration link:

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


About the talk:

Even obsessively doomscrolling through news outlets and Twitter does not give us a good sense of why Russia invaded Ukraine. This talk will consider the different explanations for why Russia invaded, as well as the longer term consequences of the war on the global economy, and particularly on energy markets.

About the speaker:

Alexandra Vacroux is Executive Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Her scholarly work addresses many Russian and Eurasian policy issues. As Director of Graduate Studies for the Davis Center’s master’s program in regional studies, she has mentored dozens of Harvard’s best and brightest students and regional experts.

Alexandra lived in Moscow from 1992 to 2004. While there she held a number of positions, including consultant for the Russian Privatization Agency; partner and head of sales at the Brunswick Warburg investment bank; and active member of the board of United Way Moscow. While completing her dissertation on corruption in Russian pharmaceutical markets she was affiliated with the Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR), a Russian think tank associated with the New Economic School. Prior to joining the Davis Center in 2010 Vacroux lived in Washington, DC, where she was a scholar at the Kennan Institute, part of the Wilson Center for Scholars.

Alexandra received a Dean’s Distinction Award from Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and was given the Alumni Award from the Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) Program at Tufts.

She holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University.

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 dhicks@wcfia.harvard.edu.


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