Russia Ukraine War

Ukraine-Russia grain export deal could still go forward, but Russian attack on grain port puts trust in jeopardy, Northeastern expert say

The world was anxiously awaiting an agreement between Ukraine and Russia to renew exports of grain via the Black Sea. Now that the deal brokered by the UN and Turkey is up in the air, after Russia attacked a Southern Ukrainian port of Odesa, a Northeastern expert explains why the deal was so important and what to expect next.

The shackles of the United Nations Security Council veto, explained

The Russian Federation is one of five nations that hold unilateral veto power on the Security Council—a group known as the “P5” that also includes China, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Is it time to reform this power? Northeastern associate teaching professor Fiona Creed, a U.N. scholar, explains this complex situation.

What does the US have to do to avoid a recession?

A recessionary period, defined as two or more consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, may be inevitable in the coming months as the Federal Reserve begins raising interest rates in an effort to crack down on inflation, Northeastern economists say.

Robert Salomon Morton Lecturer Jan Grabowski, Professor of History at the University of Ottawa and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, speaks about Holocaust denial and distortion in Northeastern's West Village.

A more insidious form of Holocaust denial emerges

It is Holocaust distortion—and it was experienced first-hand by Jan Grabowski, who delivered the 29th Annual Robert Salomon Morton Lecture as part of Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week at Northeastern. He told a rapt audience he was found guilty of defamation in Poland for researching and writing a history of the mass killing.

How to simplify complex supply chains amid unprecedented disruption

If the COVID-19 pandemic showed businesses that depend on offshore production anything, it’s that one stoppage along these vast delivery channels can propagate across the entire system, Nada Sanders, distinguished professor of supply-chain management at Northeastern, said in the annual Robert D. Klein Lecture on Tuesday.

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Why aren’t we using the global gas crisis to go green?

The stresses surrounding the global petroleum market should be hastening governments to lessen their dependence on fossil fuels, says Jennie C. Stephens, Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at Northeastern. And yet the world seems to be doubling-down on oil and gas in defiance of an alarming UN climate report Monday.

Why Ukrainian neutrality may not be a pathway to peace

Ukrainian neutrality is reportedly on the table in ongoing negotiations—a result that wouldn’t necessarily ensure peace in the region after the war and, in fact, may only heighten tensions in the future, says Mai’a Cross, the Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Northeastern.

The other casualty of the war in Ukraine–architecture

Overshadowed by the human toll of the war in Ukraine is another tragedy: The loss—potential and, in some cases, already realized—of historic monuments, architecture, artwork, and public squares. Northeastern experts analyze the cultural cost and the efforts to protect priceless work.

War is about suffering and death. But should those images be portrayed in the news?

The question of how to ethically and humanely document the world’s suffering is perennial, prompting conversations in newsrooms everywhere about how to portray violence, illness, and death without exploiting victims and needlessly traumatizing audiences and bystanders. Northeastern experts discuss the issue in the context of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Is World War III possible? The next few weeks will tell.

If the U.S. and its NATO allies are going to avoid becoming militarily involved in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, developments in the coming days will prove critical, says Mai’a Cross, the Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Northeastern.

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Will Putin face war crimes charges? Here’s how the legal process may play out.

If Vladimir Putin and other Russian leaders are to be brought before the International Criminal Court for the invasion of Ukraine, there would likely have to be regime change in Russia, says Alexandra Meise, an international law expert. Prosecuting Putin “becomes very complicated” if he remains head of state. Meise explains how the war-crimes process could unfold.

How will the Russian invasion of Ukraine end? And at what cost?

Northeastern faculty whose expertise in global politics includes European foreign and security policy, the humanitarian toll of war, the conflict’s historical underpinnings, and the emerging refugee crisis in Eastern Europe, hosted a wide-ranging conversation about the ongoing invasion this week.

Russia hasn’t launched a massive cyberattack on Ukraine yet. Why not?

Moscow’s famed cyber prowess may not be as sophisticated as people believe, say Northeastern experts. And, Russia may not have the appetite to launch a digital war on top of a traditional one with tanks and bombs. “They don’t want a war on two fronts if they don’t have to,” says global strategy professor Luis Dau.

What could SpaceX’s Starlink do for Ukraine?

After a plea from Ukraine’s vice prime minister, aerospace company CEO Elon Musk deployed his satellite internet service in the country. Tommaso Melodia, director of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern, explains what Starlink can—and can’t—do for besieged country.

How TikTok is influencing the tide of war in Ukraine

Social media posts by regular citizens have directly influenced the tide of war in these early days, from helping to expose Russian troop movements to rallying international support around the resistance, Northeastern experts say.

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Russian disinformation is part of its war effort in Ukraine. How can the West respond?

Propaganda campaigns by Russian President Vladimir Putin are reminiscent of his interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But the efforts go back further, says Larissa Doroshenko, a postdoctoral teaching associate of communication studies who last year published research on Russian disinformation in 2014 during its annexation of Crimea.

What do we call what’s happening in Ukraine? Words matter

There has been a stark difference between the terminology used by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Western leaders to describe the Russian attacks on Ukraine. The words we use to talk about what’s happening could unintentionally condone the invasion, say Northeastern international relations experts.

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