The war on Ukraine explained: Hear from our experts.
With the war on Ukraine developing rapidly, academics from our School of Security Studies and King’s Russia Institute are sharing their expert analysis as part of our war on Ukraine explained series.
They explore how things got to this point, what we know so far and what might happen next. As developments unfold, we will be adding new posts so keep checking back to keep up with the latest information.
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Prior to the invasion, amid rising tensions in the region, on February 15, King’s Russia Institute hosted an expert panel event featuring Dr Alex Clarkson, Professor Christoph Meyer, Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, Dr Marc Berenson, Dr Maxim Alyukov, Dr Ruth Deyermond and Dr Adnan Vatansever, to discuss the rising tensions in Ukraine.
They touched on the EU’s longstanding relations with Ukraine and NATO’s engagement in the region, the Kremlin’s perspectives on the Minsk 2 Agreement, Russia’s media strategy, and Ukraine's own political context.
In January, Dr Maxim Alyukov, a research associate at the King’s Russia Institute, published new research on how Russia’s authoritarian regime relies on the political disengagement of citizens to maximise the impact of state-controlled media networks and broadcasts.
The paper, published in the journal Europe-Asia Studies, said repetition of easily-accessible themes and ideas has allowed Russian TV news stations to shape public opinion about the conflict in Ukraine, garnering broad support for President Vladimir Putin and his course of military action in eastern Ukraine starting from 2014.
However, while the suppression of political engagement has created space for state-owned media to shape public opinion and discourse, the research suggested the effects could be short-lived and means any perceived support for the regime is superficial and subject to rapid change.
In January 2022, Dr Ofer Fridman, wrote about the Russian mindset and war in an article published by the Journal of Advanced Military Studies.
Dr Fridman, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies and Director of Operations at King’s Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC), demonstrated how Russia blends military and non-military means to achieve its political goals, for example the Kremlin’s decision to introduce economic counter-sanctions and its intervention in the Syrian conflict in 2015, which reveals its strategy of blending war and diplomacy.
On February 17, the Breaking Britain podcast released an episode looking at the future of Russia’s relationship with the US, EU and UK. It features Anton Barbashin, Editorial Director of ‘Riddle Russia’, discussing why relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated so badly, and examine how relations between both sides can be improved again.
Below are further examples of some of the media around the world that have featured the expert comment and analysis of our academics on the rapidly-unfolding events: