ONLINE: This discussion format course will analyze Russo-Ukrainian relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union. It will focus on the efforts of Vladimir Putin to turn Ukraine into a Russian vassal state, first by influencing Kyiv's national elections, then through the annexation of Crimea and the eastern Donbas in 2014, and finally by a full-scale invasion in 2022. The course will introduce several concepts from strategic theory, including crisis management, deterrence, coercive diplomacy, economic sanctions, limited war and exhaustion, to help students understand the complex nature of Russo-Ukrainian relations. The course's required readings are Lawrence Freedman's "Ukraine and the Art of Strategy" and several essays from the May/June 2022 issue of Foreign Affairs. Students are expected to read approximately 25 pages each week and actively engage in discussions. | Facilitated discussion.
Max enrollment: 14.
Richard Melanson holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and enjoyed a 38-year academic career. He was on the faculty at UCLA, Kenyon College, Brown University, and the National War College. He has offered courses at OLLI at Duke since 2016.