The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: A Political-Military Analysis presented by Dr. Lake

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When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th, it constituted a shocking breach of international law and European peace. As the first attempt at outright conquest of an independent country by a neighbor, and the largest offensive military operation in Europe since World War II, it is important to understand what is going on and why.

Dr. Lake will present an analysis of the political and military dimensions of this invasion to try to shed some light on key questions. These include why Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion, why it has not turned out well for the Russian military or President Putin, at least so far, and how this crisis is likely to develop moving forward.

Dr. Daniel R. Lake is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Political Science Department. He teaches classes on international relations, with a particular interest in American foreign policy, national security, and war. His research has focused on topics related to international conflict and security including the use of airpower during the Kosovo Crisis, the decline of interstate war, and the impact of technological change on military operations. He is the author of The Pursuit of Technological Superiority and the Shrinking American Military (2019). He is also a former military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

Wednesday, 23 March 2022


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