Ukraine-Russia Crisis

A member of the Ukrainian army helps civilians evacuate from Irpin.

Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

Expert analysis and commentary on the conflict by Stanford scholars.

The International Working Group on Russian Sanctions

We have convened a working group of independent, international experts to recommend new economic and other measures to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his invasion of Ukraine as soon as possible and restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. This group aims to provide expertise and experience to governments and companies around the world by assisting with the formulation of sanctions proposals that will increase the cost to Russia of invading Ukraine, and support democratic Ukraine in the defense of its territorial integrity and national sovereignty.

From President Marc Tessier-Lavigne

In remarks to the Faculty Senate, Stanford's president expressed his concern about Russia's invasion of Ukraine and extended the university's support for members of our community affected by the crisis.


Read op-eds, watch congressional testimony, and listen to interviews with FSI Director Michael McFaul.

Analysis and Commentary

A statue of the Archangel Micheal at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Why Ukraine Will Win

Ukraine's military is advancing on the battlefield. Francis Fukuyama says that if Ukraine defeats Russia’s massive army, the ripple effects will be felt across the globe.
The BADGER explosion on April 18, 1953, as part of Operation Upshot-Knothole, at the Nevada Test Site.

How to Keep the Ukraine Conflict From Going Nuclear

Scott Sagan offers five critical lessons from the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 that can help prevent nuclear escalation in the war in Ukraine.
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Russia, Ukraine, and the Decision to Negotiate

Negotiations for an end to the war in Ukraine have to be made on Ukraine's terms, and the West must let Zelenskyy and the government in Kyiv determine those conditions, says former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer.
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One Autocracy in Russia May Lead to Another

Kathryn Stoner explains why a popular uprising isn't likely to end autocracy in Russia anytime soon, despite a sudden increase in protests against the war.
B-61 nuclear free-fall bombs on a bomb cart.

Should Ukraine Have Kept Nuclear Weapons?

Even as the Kremlin continues to issue veiled nuclear threats, Rose Gottemoeller believes that Ukraine’s formation as a nation would have been stunted from the start if it had insisted on hanging on to nuclear weapons in 1994.
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How to Respond to Putin’s Land Grab and Nuclear Gambit

Western messaging should clearly communicate to the Russian political and military elites that their illegal referendum in Ukraine and ongoing aggression will have deep consequences for Russia and for them personally, says Steven Pifer.
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War in Ukraine, World Food Prices, and Conflict in Africa

Marshall Burke examines how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will likely have consequences that echo far beyond the borders of either country due to rising food prices and destabilizing food economies.
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Ukraine And The Cloud Of Genocide

Norman Naimark explains the difficulty of prosecuting crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide and the road ahead for Ukrainians seeking justice against atrocities committed by Russians.
Vladimir Putin addresses supporters during a rally in central Moscow on March 4, 2012.

How Putin’s War in Ukraine Has Ruined Russia

In a matter of weeks, Putin has erased thirty years of hard-won economic gains and set Russia on a path of long-term decimation for ordinary Russians, Kathryn Stoner writes in the Journal of Democracy.
Photograph of Xi Jinping and Vladmir Putin walking in front of two lines of armed Chinese soldiers

Beijing Is Used to Learning From Russian Failures

China is taking careful notes of the Russian military's failures in Ukraine to ensure the PLA does not make the same kinds of mistakes in the future, says Oriana Skylar Mastro.
Paul Wise and Ukrainian families with child cancer patients

Helping Child Cancer Patients Flee Ukraine

Stanford Health Policy's Paul Wise has been in Poland helping coordinate medical evacuations to Europe, the U.S and Canada , and praises the heroism of Ukrainian doctors.
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The Weapons the West Used Against Putin

An unprecedented amount of highly classified intelligence has been released to the public as part of the West's strategy to get ahead of Russia, but it's not without consequences, says security expert Amy Zegart.
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Full-Spectrum Pro-Kremlin Online Propaganda about Ukraine

The Stanford Internet Observatory tracks the connections between overt Russian state media propaganda themes and unattributed pro-Kremlin Telegram channel narratives.
Vladamir Putin at a Victory Day military parade in the Red Square, Moscow

What Putin Fears Most

Putin may dislike NATO expansion, but he is not genuinely frightened by it. But he cannot tolerate a successful, flourishing, and democratic Ukraine, writes Michael McFaul in the Journal of Democracy.
Members of the Ukrainian military carry the flag of Ukraine during the 30th anniversary of the country's independence.

What the Ukraine-Russia Crisis Says about the Global Struggle for Democracy

Former prime minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk explains how Russia's aggression towards Ukraine fits into Vladimir Putin's bigger strategy to undermine democracy globally.


Michael McFaul: Explaining the Causes and Consequences of Putin's Invasion of Ukraine

Michael McFaul: Explaining the Causes and Consequences of Putin's Invasion of Ukraine

Why Putin Invaded Ukraine

Why Putin Invaded Ukraine

What's Next for Ukraine and Russia?

What's Next for Ukraine and Russia?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Visits Stanford

On two occasions, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies has been honored to host President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine for special events with our community. In September 2021, President Zelenskyy and his delegation made a historic visit to Stanford's campus and spoke about the future of Ukraine. In May 2022, the President of Ukraine returned to campus virtually to speak to Stanford students and answer questions via a live video address.

Special Video Address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

"Your voice should be loud. You are the generation of ambassadors."

On May 27, 2022, the Freeman Spogli Institute was honored to host President Zelenskyy again for live video address to Stanford students and community members. In his remarks, the president of Ukraine encouraged students to remain active and engaged in causes of democracy and freedom.

Follow the links for a Ukrainian-language recording and transcript of President Zelenskyy's remarks.

Recording of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Visit to Stanford

'Everything is Possible in Ukraine'

At an outdoor event held in Encina Courtyard on September 2, 2021, Zelenskyy shared his vision of a free, democratic future for Ukraine built on technological innovations and investments in infrastructure to make services more accessible and create better opportunities for all Ukrainians.

A History of Unity: FSI's Special Relationship with Ukraine

Since 2005, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies has cultivated rich academic ties and friendships with Ukrainian scholars and civic leaders as part of our mission to support democracy and development domestically and abroad.


From Cold War to Hot Peace — Michael McFaul, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018).

Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order — Kathryn Stoner, (Oxford University Press, 2021).

Negotiating the New START Treaty — Rose Gottemoeller, (Cambria Press, 2021).

Scholars in the Media

Ukraine's Ripples — Francis Fukuyama, American Purpose, 8/31/22.

How Unmoderated Platforms Became the Frontline for Russian Propaganda — Renée DiResta, Lawfare, 8/17/22.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Has Eroded the Nuclear Taboo — Scott Sagan, The Economist, 6/02/22.

Why Putin’s Betrayal of Ukraine Could Trigger Nuclear Proliferation — Steven Pifer, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , 6/01/22.

36 Experts Agree: Stay the Course in Ukraine — Larry Diamond, Francis Fukuyama, Michael McFaul, Steven Pifer; The Hill, 6/01/22.

Wartime Content Moderation and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine — Renée DiResta, Atlantic Council, 5/19/22.

Fmr. NATO Deputy Secretary General Gottemoeller on Finland, Sweden Potential NATO Entry — Rose Gottemoeller, Bloomberg, 5/12/22.

Belarus Has Good Reason for Concern Over Putin’s Nuclear Intimidation — Steven Pifer, Atlantic Council, 5/10/22.

Explaining Latin America’s Contradictory Reactions to the War in Ukraine — J. Luis Rodriguez, War on the Rocks, 4/27/22.

Putin Has Destroyed the World Nuclear Order. How Should the Democracies Respond? — Siegfried Hecker, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 4/21/22.

What is Ukraine’s Best Security Guarantee? — Steven Pifer, The Hill, 4/12/22.

Ukraine’s Economic War — Francis Fukuyama, American Purpose, 4/04/22.

China's Place in the Russia-Ukraine War — Oriana Skylar Mastro, WBUR | On Point, 3/18/22.

The Role of “the Ideal of Global Human Rights” in Stopping Russia's Aggression — Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Gendai Business, 3/18/22.

Responding to a Russian Demonstration of Nuclear Muscle-flexing — Herbert Lin, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 3/15/22.

How to Stop a New Nuclear Arms Race — Rose Gottemoeller, Foreign Affairs, 3/09/22.

Ukraine Fights Back — Michael McFaul, Our America wih Julian Castro, 3/09/22.

State Media, Social Media, and the Conflict in Ukraine — Renée DiResta, Michael McFaul, Marietje Schaake, Alex Stamos, Tech Policy Press, 3/06/22.

More Media on YouTube

For additional interviews, analysis and commentary from our scholars on the invasion of Ukraine, check out our YouTube playlist.

Media Contact: Ari Chasnoff, Associate Director for Communications