Virtual Roundtable – ‘Russia’s War of Aggression in Ukraine: Regional Perspectives from the Baltic Republics, Central Asia and China’

11 MAR
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The Politics of Disorder Research Group at the University of Lincoln in collaboration with the Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen present:

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to cause anxiety and concern both for the tragic humanitarian crisis it is causing and for the implications it has for international law, sovereignty, and security. In this roundtable we bring together three experts to discuss the implications of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine from three regional perspectives: the Baltics, Central Asia and China.

The aim is to understand how responses from these regions are tied to their international relations with Russia and Ukraine, as well as the internal tension in these regions. The aim is to gain a deeper insight into how the unfolding war is understood across the broader Eurasian continent.

This roundtable will be a virtual event which takes place on Friday 11 March from 1pm GMT.

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Dr. Māris Andžāns, Center for Geopolitical Studies, Riga, Latvia

Māris Andžāns,, is the Director of the Center for Geopolitical Studies Riga. He is also Assistant Professor and leads Diplomacy and Russia & Eurasia MA study programs at Riga Stradins University.

Previously, he has worked for the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. He was also a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

He has authored around 100 publications, primarily on security and defense issues of the Baltic states, but also Central Asia, as well as transport and digital policies.

Dr. Andžāns has ten years of experience in the public administration of Latvia. He served in positions related to the coordination of EU and NATO issues, security of transport and communications, civil-military cooperation, aviation, electronic communications, and postal issues. Among other duties, he has served as the Chairman of the National Cyber Security Council of Latvia and the Dangerous Goods Movement Consultative Council of Latvia.


Dr Nargis Kassenova, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Nargis Kassenova is Senior Fellow and director of the Program on Central Asia at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Harvard University) and Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies of KIMEP University (Almaty, Kazakhstan). She is the former founder and director of the KIMEP Central Asian Studies Center (CASC) and the China and Central Asia Studies Center (CCASC). Kassenova holds a PhD in International Cooperation Studies from the Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University (Japan). Her research focuses on Central Asian politics and security, Eurasian geopolitics, China’s Belt and Road Initiative and governance in Central Asia, and history of state-making in Central Asia. Kassenova is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) Eurasia Program, the Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) Europe and Central Asia Division, the UN High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs, the Advisory Group of the EU Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) program, and the Academic Council of the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC). She is on the editorial boards of Central Asian Survey, Central Asian Affairs, and REGION: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia journals.


Dr Ming-chin Monique Chu, University of Southampton

Dr Monique Chu is lecturer in Chinese Politics at the University of Southampton. Her research sits within the areas of international political economy and security of international relations. Her specific research interests include the concept and practice of sovereignty and the impact of globalization on security with reference to semiconductors. She’s the author of The East Asian Computer Chip War (Routledge, 2014). Her other scholarly research has been published in The China Quarterly and China Perspectives. In March 2018, she gave oral evidence on China’s capabilities in the field of emerging technologies in front of the House of Lords International Relations Committee. She has been interviewed by numerous news outlets such as the BBC on issues pertaining to Chinese foreign policies, semiconductors, Chinese politics, and Cross-Strait relations. She obtained MPhil and PhD degrees in international relations from the University of Cambridge.