Russia's Invasion of Ukraine
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.
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Read op-eds, watch congressional testimony, and listen to interviews with FSI Director Michael McFaul.
Analysis and Commentary
Perspectives from 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.
"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.
'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.
September 2, 2021
May 27, 2022
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
Veteran Diplomats on the War in Ukraine One Year On — Michael McFaul, Washington Post, 2/21/23.
Lessons for the Next War — Rose Gottemoeller, Foreign Policy, 1/05/23.
Ukraine is the Victim. Negotiations Should Be Kyiv's Decision — Steven Pifer, Brookings, 12/06/22.
Russian Cyber Operations in the Invasion of Ukraine — Herbert Lin, Cyber Defence Review, 11/27/22.
Ukraine Is Pushing History Forward — Francis Fukuyama, Kyiv Post, 11/11/22.
Designating Moscow as Terrorism Sponsor Won't Prevent U.S. From Talking to Russia — Michael McFaul, VOA, 11/01/22.
We Can't Afford U.S. Congress Wavering on Support for Ukraine — Steven Pifer, The Guardian, 10/27/22.
The Precedent the World — and Russia — Has Rejected — David Holloway, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 10/14/22.
Nuclear Diplomacy with Russia Could Avert the Threat of Armageddon — Rose Gottemoeller, Financial Times, 10/07/22.
Underestimating Power: Russia and the Future of Ukraine — Kathryn Stoner, Exit Strategy Podcast, 9/29/22.
How Putin's Overreach Undermined Russian PowerIs Putin — Michael McFaul, Chicago Council, 9/18/22.
Is Putin Facing Defeat? The 'End of History' Author Remains Confident — Francis Fukuyama, Washington Post, 9/12/22.
The Man Who Chased History — Serhiy Leshchenko, The Atlantic, 9/08/22.
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.
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.
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.
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.