Politics & Policy

Russia and Ukraine Political Crisis: Past and Present

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In late February 2022, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused havoc throughout the geopolitical landscape and resulted in a humanitarian crisis within the country.

The failure of Russia’s “plan A” — a deeply miscalculated lightning strike in Ukraine by Russian forces designed to surround major cities in Ukraine and topple down its government — turned out to be an unmitigated and poorly performed military disaster.

In this seminar, experts discuss the history and the current state of the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, the precedence that would be set for countries like North Korea and Iran for violation of agreements, and the role of the United Nations in the growing catastrophe. The panel features former California congresswoman and Presidential Scholar-in-Residence at the USC Price School of Public Policy Jane Harman, and former director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Russia on the White House’s National Security Council Alexander Vindman. The discussion is moderated by Mike MurphyUSC Center for the Political Future co-director and NBC political analyst.

Who Will Benefit

– Political strategists looking to understand how the Russia-Ukraine crisis affects the geopolitical landscape and public policy
– Military advisors seeking deeper knowledge of the military actions undertaken by Russia and Ukraine
– Public policy students seeking more insights into the role of the UN in the invasion

About Our Featured Faculty

Mike Murphy is the co-director of the USC Center for the Political Future. Murphy is one of the Republican Party’s most successful political media consultants, having handled strategy and advertising for more than 26 successful gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns. His record in helping Republicans win Democratic states is unmatched by any other GOP consultant. Murphy has been called a “media master” by Fortune magazine, the GOP’s “hottest media consultant” by Newsweek, and the leader of a “new breed” of campaign consultants by Congressional Quarterly. He is a widely known political pundit, appearing frequently on NBC, CNN and NPR. Previously, he served as a regular on the Meet the Press political roundtable and wrote the “Murphy’s Law” column for TIME Magazine.

Jane Harman is the presidential scholar-in-residence at USC Price School of Public Policy. In her distinguished career, Harman served nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, participated in hundreds of diplomatic missions, and served on nearly a dozen governmental and non-governmental advisory boards. In her role at USC, Harman engages with students and faculty, host salon-style events and advise university leaders.

Harman’s career is one of distinction and bipartisan leadership. Harman served on all major U.S. House security committees including Armed Services, Intelligence, and Homeland Security. She was ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee after 9/11, and Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights. Routinely, she participated in classified “Gang of Eight” briefings reserved for senior Congressional intelligence committee members and bipartisan Congressional leadership. Throughout her career, she has worked diligently across the aisle to build coalitions to benefit all Americans.