Tag Archives: Ukraine

Four scenarios for a world in disorder

David Bach, International Institute for Management Development (IMD) Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s recent speech to the Communist Party Congress could be one of the most consequential of the decade. He told the audience – and the world – that his economic growth-crushing zero-COVID policy is here to stay, and that Beijing is more determined than ever to reunify with Taiwan, …

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Why many Ukrainians speak Russian as their first language

President Putin at an annual ceremony marking the Kyivian Rus. Sodel Vladyslav/Shutterstock Ievgeniia Ivanova, University of Aberdeen The issue of the Ukrainian language and who speaks it has become highly politicised during the Russian invasion. Vladimir Putin has even used it as a cover to annex some occupied areas of Ukraine with large numbers of Russian speakers. Based on the …

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Ukraine war: why the world can’t afford to let Russia get away with its land grab – lessons from history

Joseph O’Mahoney, University of Reading Much of the international community has condemned Russia’s annexation of four provinces of Ukraine as illegal. Joe Biden accused Vladmir Putin of a “fraudulent attempt” to claim Ukrainian territory and said the move was “trampling on the United Nations charter, and showing its contempt for peaceful nations everywhere”. The UK’s human rights ambassador, Rita French, …

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Nobel peace prize goes to Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian human rights activists

Robert M. Dover, University of Hull On the 70th birthday of Russian president Vladimir Putin, the Nobel prize committee has recognised the work of three winners who are all battling against Putin or pro-Putin regimes. The peace prize has gone to imprisoned Belarus activist Ales Bialiatski, Russian human rights organisation Memorial and the Center for Civil Liberties in Ukraine. These …

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Ukraine war: Is impartiality always key to quality journalism?

  As Western media’s coverage of this European war demonstrated, terms like ‘invasion’, ‘unprovoked aggression’ and ‘resistance’ can and should be used in conflict reporting when they describe what is actually happening.   Members of the media interviewing a British volunteer preparing to enter Ukraine from Poland to fight alongside Ukrainians against the Russian army at the Medyka border crossing …

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Ukraine war and anti-Russia sanctions on top of COVID-19 mean even worse trouble lies ahead for global supply chains

Supply chains were already in disarray thanks to overcongested ports, as in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes Tinglong Dai, Johns Hopkins University Francis Fukuyama, the American political scientist who once described the collapse of the Soviet Union as the “end of history,” suggested that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine might be called “the end of the end of history.” He meant …

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Ukraine war: Russia’s G20 walkout heightens tensions at fractious summit as China’s rise continues

Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham While G20 foreign ministers were meeting in Bali, Indonesia, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, threatened further escalation in his war against Ukraine, announcing to the world that “by and large, we have not started anything in earnest yet”. What he meant became quickly clear when a missile attack hit an apartment building in Chasiv Yar …

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Helping Ukrainians means listening to their needs – 3 lessons for aid groups from Syria’s war

Millions of Syrians remain displaced from the conflict that began in 2011. Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images Kimberly Howe, Tufts University and Elizabeth Stites, Tufts University The massive flow of international support for Ukraine since Russia first invaded in February 2022 includes billions of dollars in military and humanitarian aid from dozens of countries. We hope that the Russia-Ukraine war …

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In Egypt, where a meal isn’t complete without bread, war in Ukraine is threatening the wheat supply and access to this staple food

A man carries a tray of freshly baked bread outside a bread factory on Dec. 15, 2016, in Cairo. Chris McGrath/Getty Images Jessica Barnes, University of South Carolina Russia’s war on Ukraine is disrupting global grain supplies. Restrictions on navigation in the Azov Sea and the closure of ports have interrupted grain shipments from Russia, the world’s largest wheat exporter, …

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