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Lowell Lecture

Empire Strikes Back: The Russo-Ukrainian Conflict in Historical Perspective

Date & Time

Dec. 15, 2015 at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Suffolk University Law School
Room 365
120 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02108
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Serhii Plokhii Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University

Presenting Organization



Michael Pizziferri (, 617-542-8995 x 104)

As calls for closer ties with the EU failed to be met, Ukrainians took to the streets in November 2013. As the movement, later known as the Euromaidan or “Euro Square,” pulled western Ukraine closer to its European neighbors, another powerful force threatened to tear away the country’s eastern half: Russia. Putin’s pushback against European expansionism has the West wondering: If Putin’s Russia isn’t afraid to take an aggressive stance against Europeanization in Ukraine, what does that mean for the rest of Russia’s neighbors? Join Harvard University Professor Serhii Plokhii and WorldBoston for a discussion on the origins of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict and its implications for the geopolitical situation in Europe today.