Understanding the origins of the war in Ukraine

Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine came as surprise to most experts and scholars.  For others, it was a foregone conclusion. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.Yan Mann, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at ASU will discuss whether the invasion is a continuation of the frozen conflict in Eastern Ukraine since 2014 or due to something else. He will provide background that led up to this war.

It’s worth taking the time to analyze Russia’s relationship with Ukraine and the reasons for why this war began as well as what type of negotiations might eventually bring about a peaceful conclusion.

An interesting and well-versed speaker, Mann will give you much to ponder and provide insights far beyond what you hear on the evening news.


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Yan Mann joined Arizona State University in 2019. His studies, research and writings leading his leading to his Ph.D. in History at ASU provided the basis for his intriguing dissertation intriguing dissertation: Contested Memory: Writing the Great Patriotic War’s Official History During Khrushchev’s Thaw.

Mann's research and writings reflect on his passion for history of conflicts including WW II.  Arizona State University, the Wallace E. Adams Memorial Fund, and St John’s University awarded him fellowships to travel to Russia to interview Russian war veterans, research Russian culture, and gain in-depth understanding of the effects of war.  He has also published book reviews on numerous treatises on Russian wars with particular topics on Stalin, Leningrad, Slavic Military, and Germany’s defeat in the East. 


Tickets to the lecture are $5 each and will be available in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater beginning at 9 a.m.