Forum explores international conflict

March 7, 2014
Doudna Hall

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will host a panel discussion and forum entitled “Crisis in Ukraine” on Tuesday, March 11 in 136 Doudna Hall from 7-9 p.m.

Sponsored by UW-Platteville’s Department of Social Sciences, the Social and Environmental Justice Program and Students for Peace and Justice, the forum’s purpose is to inform students and members of the Platteville community about the development that is taking place in a part of the world many people know little about.

The panel includes four UW-Platteville faculty members. Dr. David Rowley, professor of history and advisor to Students for Peace and Justice, will present “The Nation of Ukraine in Historical Perspective”; Dr. Dan Leitch, assistant professor in the School of Education, will present “Crisis in Kiev: A Report from the Streets”; Dr. David Krugler, professor of history, will present “Ukraine in U.S. Foreign Policy”; and Dr. Travis Nelson, associate professor of political science will present “What Can/Should/Will the U.S. Do About Ukraine?”

“It is essential that Americans learn the facts and understand the forces in play in this international crisis as well as learn how Ukraine is connected to the global political community and global economy,” said Rowley. “This has become a major international incident that potentially could have broad ramifications. Could there be a war between Russia and Ukraine? A new Cold War between Russia and the West?”

The uprising in Ukraine began on Nov. 22 when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych cancelled an agreement to create closer ties between Ukraine. Public protests grew and the confrontation between Yanukovych’s government and the protestors turned into an armed confrontation in late February.

The situation came to a head on Feb. 23, when Yanukovych fled Kiev, Ukraine’s capitol, and the Ukrainian parliament removed him from power and called for new elections in May. What began as a domestic conflict turned into an international crisis on March 1, when the Russian army began to occupy Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

A question and answer period will follow the discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Rowley recently discussed these issues on WKOW 27, Madison, Wis. Watch the video. 

Contact: Dr. David Rowley, Department of Social Sciences, (608) 342-1788,
Written by: Jena Garrett, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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