UW-Madison panel confronts the challenges of Ukraine-Russia Conflict

MADISON, Wis. — UW Madison’s Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia hosted a panel Wednesday night on the Russian-Ukraine conflict to help members of the community better understand the conflict and it’s impact beyond the two countries’ borders.

The public forum was the second event on the subject–the first meant to reach students–hosted by the group since the Russian invasion of Ukraine last week.

“It affects the whole world. I mean the aggression that Russia has shown, the risks posed to international security,” said CREECA Director Ted Gerber. “It sets a bad precedent and it risks emboldening other dictators to take similar actions.”

Organizers hope that the event will help to inform the Madison community and address their concerns about continued economic and political strife brought on by the Russian attack.

At the event UW faculty discussed the historical relationship between the two countries, sanctions and emerging threats to democracy in addition to answering audience questions.

“Because of the brazenness of this act, I think this is shaping up to be a stand-off against dictatorship, against violence and for democracy,” said UW-Madison Professor and Panelist Yoshiko Herrera. 

Herrera emphasized that the importance of the event was amplified because of its resonance with challenges to democracy that other countries like The United States might be facing.