Russia-Ukraine War: Voices from Ukraine Live Q&A Panel

Date & Time
March 16, 2023, 11 a.m. - March 16, 2023, noon EDT

One year after Russia launched a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine, the war continues to rage throughout the country impacting millions of Ukrainians, the economy, the educational system, and everyday life. Without a clear pathway to resolution in sight, it’s more crucial than ever to seek to understand the motivations of the war and shifting global policies, learn about the impact the war has had on everyday people, and explore ways in which people around the world can take action to support Ukraine.

This live Q&A panel session will bring together three unique voices to discuss the ongoing Russia-Ukraine War. Javed Ali, University of Michigan professor, Alina Drach, an English Foreign Language Teacher in Ukraine, and Roman Oleksenko, a Ukrainian Action Volunteer, will respond to questions posed during the Russia-Ukraine War: One Year Later Teach-Out as well as new questions that arise during the panel. Attendees can expect to hear about:

-What implications has the war had on global policy and international relations?
-What has the past year looked like for those impacted by the war?
-How has foreign support been impacted over the past year?

More about the panelists

-Javed Ali is an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He brings more than 20 years of professional experience in
national security and intelligence issues in Washington, DC, where he held positions
in the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

-Alina Drach is an English Foreign Language Teacher based in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. She was born and raised in Ukraine, and has lived there for her entire life. As an English teacher and educational coordinator of the language school, "Wizard School," she works mostly with teenagers and young adults.

-Roman Oleksenko is enlisted in the reserves of Ukrainian Armed Forces, and is volunteering with the U.S.-registered NGO called Ukrainian Action to support humanitarian missions in Ukraine. He is currently a Community Development Program Manager with Peace Corps Ukraine, and his professional experience includes working for the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s office at the American Embassy in Kyiv, and facilitating dozens of professional exchange delegations of emerging Ukrainian leaders to various parts of the United States.

This is an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the complex issues surrounding the Russia-Ukraine War and the impact it has had on the people affected by the conflict. We hope you will join us

  • Teach-Out
  • Russia-Ukraine War: One Year Later



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