The future of Ukraine as an independent and sovereign country lies in the balance as Ukrainian and Russian forces fight in the south and along the country’s eastern flank. But, this war is not just about the future of Ukraine. There is much more at stake. What does this conflict mean for European security? Will Putin’s actions set a precedent for conflicts in other parts of the world?
On May 24, we will be joined by Dr. Liana Fix, Program Director in the International Affairs Department of the Körber Foundation in Berlin, and Dr. Michael Kimmage, Professor of History at the Catholic University of America, to discuss the war in Ukraine.
Dr. Liana Fix is Program Director in the International Affairs Department of the Körber Foundation in Berlin. She is a political scientist and historian, and her work focuses on Russia and Eastern Europe, European security, arms control, and German foreign policy. Dr. Fix has published widely in academia, think tanks, and national and international media. She holds a doctorate from the Justus Liebig University Giessen and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Dr. Michael Kimmage specializes in the history of the Cold War, in twentieth-century U.S. diplomatic and intellectual history, and in U.S.-Russian relations since 1991. From 2014 to 2016, he served on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, where he held the Russia/Ukraine portfolio. His next book, The Decline of the West: An American Story, is forthcoming with Basic Books. It is a study of transatlantic relations and U.S.-Russian relations from World War I to the present. Dr. Kimmage has published three books to date: The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers and the Lessons of Anti-Communism (Harvard University Press, 2009); In History’s Grip: Philip Roth’s Newark Trilogy (Stanford University Press, 2012); and Wolfgang Koeppen’s Journey through America (Berghahn, 2012), a German-language travelogue published in 1959 and translated by Professor Kimmage.