The Ukraine Crisis: Quo Vadis?

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 16:00 to 17:30
MUSSI Seminar Room, Iontas Building

The Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies (Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence) & MU Social Sciences Institute presents a seminar on

The Ukraine Crisis:Quo Vadis?

The event will examine different dimensions of the current crisis in Ukraine, including the legacies of the 2013-14 period in the region, Vladimir Putin's foreign policy and his approach to Ukraine, as well as Russia's relationship with the EU and NATO. 

Speakers: Prof Donnacha Ó Beacháin(Dublin City University)
Prof Neil Robinson (University of Limerick) 
Chair: Prof John O’Brennan
(Maynooth University)

*Please note this is an inperson event with a possibility of live streaming the event - if you cannot attend in person and would like to join us online please indicate on the form below.

Our Speakers:

Donnacha Ó Beacháin is Professor of Politics at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University (DCU) where he lectures on post-Soviet politics, unrecognised states, Irish studies and foreign policy. 

His books include The Colour Revolutions in the Former Soviet Republics: Successes and Failures (with Abel Polese, Routledge, 2010), Destiny of the Soldiers: Fianna Fáil, Irish Republicanism and the IRA 1926-1973, (Gill and Macmillan, 2010), Life in Post-Communist Eastern Europe after EU Membership: Happy Ever After? (with Vera Sheridan and Sabina Stan, Routledge, 2012), Political Communication in Ireland (with Mark O'Brien, Liverpool University Press 2014) and From Whence I Came: The Kennedy Legacy, Ireland and America (with Brian Murphy, Merrion Press, 2021).
Prof. Ó Beacháin held a three-year (2008-11) Marie Curie Fellowship awarded by the European Commission to conduct research on the colour revolution phenomenon (e.g. the Ukrainian Orange Revolution). Previously, between 2000 and 2005, Dr. Ó Beacháin held visiting fellowships in Georgia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. He was lead researcher in the €3.6million FP7/Marie Curie Initial Training Network in Post-Soviet Tensions (2013-2017). Professor Ó Beacháin was also lead researcher in the €3.8 million Horizon2020 project on the Caspian region (2015-2019). These consortia, involving 19 partners, were coordinated by the International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR) at DCU.
Neil Robinson BA (CNAA), MA, PhD (Essex) is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Limerick.

Prior to his appointment at Limerick, he taught at the universities of York and Essex. His research interests focus on Russian and post-communist politics, particularly the political economy of post-communism and post-communist state building. He is the author of Ideology and the collapse of the Soviet system. A critical history of Soviet ideological discourse ( Edward Elgar, 1995), and Russia: a state of uncertainty (Routledge, 2002), Contemporary Russian Politics(Polity, 2018), and co-author (with Karen Henderson) of Post-communist politics (Prentice Hall, 1997). He is the editor or co-editor of Institutions and and political change in Russia (Macmillan, 2000), Reforging the weakest link: global political economy and post-Soviet change in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus (Ashgate, 2004), (with Aidan Hehir) State-building. Theory and practice (Routledge, 2007), and (with Todd Landman) The Sage handbook of comparative politics (Sage, 2009), The political economy of Russia (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), and (with Rory Costello) Comparative European politics. Distinctive democracies, common challenges (Oxford University Press, 2020). He is the author of many book chapters and journal articles in, among other places, Soviet Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Political Studies, The Journal of Communist Studies and Transitional Politics, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Demokratizatsiya, Review of International Political Economy, International Political Science ReviewRussian Politics.


Chair: John O' Brennan, Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration, Department of Sociology, Maynooth University.