Russian soldiers in military truck convoy representing conflict between Russia and Ukraine

A War No One Wants? The Political Economy of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The Forum for Research on Eastern Europe and Emerging Economies (FREE Network) with two of its members, the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) and the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE), will host an online seminar and discussion on the risk of war between Russia and Ukraine and potential consequences of military confrontation.

The Risk of War Between Russia and Ukraine

How can so many think that there will be a war between Russia and Ukraine when it is so hard to see any winner in such a war. Can the political gains for Russia’s leaders really outweigh the loss of a good neighbour, significant economic sanctions that will undermine growth for years to come and the failure of a new gas connection to Europe? What is the logic of the President of Russia and how does Russian public opinion perceive the war? What will be the response to further aggression in Ukraine as well as in the rest of Europe and the US? There are many questions but few hard answers, but the event will provide some thinking on these and other issues.

Seminar Speakers


The seminar will take place on 17 February 2022, from 17.00-18.30, CET (Stockholm time). The seminar will be organised via the Zoom platform and will be open to the public through digital channels. However, registration is required. Please register via the Eventbrite registration platform (click here). The Zoom link and passcode will be sent to your registered email account a few hours before the start of the online seminar.

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