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[Lunchtime Lecture] The Ukraine Crisis and Russia: Understanding the Background and Impact of the Crisis


  • *This lecture has finished.
  • Lecturer: Shimotomai Nobuo (Professor, Hosei University)
  • Date: Friday, July 4, 2014, 12:15-1:30 pm (Doors open at 11:45 am)
  • Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
  • Language: Japanese (without English interpretation)
  • Admission: 1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen, IHJ members: Free)
  • Seating: 70 (reservation required) *Lunch is NOT included.

Ukraine has been in crisis ever since Russia annexed Crimea regardless of the opposition from other countries. In today’s interdependent global community, the Ukraine crisis not only has a major impact on Europe but also shakes the international order. What motivated Russia so strongly, to trigger this simmering tension? How can Japan understand and react to this crisis? Professor Shimotomai will summarize the background of the crisis, explicating the historical relationship between Russia and Ukraine, and explore the future outlook for other countries over Russia’s actions.

Shimotomai Nobuo

Photo: Shimotomai NobuoBorn in 1948. LLD in Law and Government. Professor Shimotomai specializes in comparative politics, Russia/CIS politics, and the political history of the USSR. He has conducted research in the former USSR, UK, and USA as a fellow of the Ministry of Education, the Nitobe Fellowships, Harvard University, and the Fulbright Program. He has held prominent positions such as visiting editorialist of The Asahi Shimbun and president of the Japan Association of International Relations. His books include Ajia reisen shi (The History of the Asian Cold War; Chuokoron-Shinsha, 2004; Special Award of the Asian Pacific Awards), Mosukuwa to Kimu Iru-son—Reisen no naka no Kita Chosen 1945–1961 (Moscow and Kim Il-sung—North Korea during the Cold War, 1945–1961; Iwanami Shoten, 2006), and Roshia to Soren: Rekishi ni kesareta mono tachi—Kogishikiha ga kaeta chotaikoku no rekishi (Russia and USSR: Those Erased by History—The History of the Superpower Changed by Old Believers; Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2013).