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Russia, Ukraine, and the Return of Territorial Conquest

Russia, Ukraine, and the Return of Territorial Conquest

A discussion with Tanisha Fazal, Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota

Thursday, May 26, 2022
12:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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Russia's invasion of Ukraine has broken a decades-old international norm of respecting the territorial integrity of foreign nations. Wars that do happen have almost never involved the change of territory between two states. The attack on Ukraine presents the largest challenge to the norm of territorial integrity since the Second World War. In her commentary in Foreign Affairs, author Tanisha M. Fazal argues that containing and condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a requirement for the international community if they wish to maintain the sanctity of international borders and the lives of people around the world.



Tanisha Fazal is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Her scholarship focuses on sovereignty, international law, and armed conflict. Fazal’s current research analyzes the effect of improvements in medical care in conflict zones on the long-term costs of war. She is the author of State Death: The Politics and Geography of Conquest, Occupation, and Annexation (Princeton University Press, 2007), which won the 2008 Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association’s Conflict Processes Section, and Wars of Law: Unintended Consequences in the Regulation of Armed Conflict (Cornell University Press, 2018), winner of the 2019 Best Book Award of the International Studies Association’s International Law Section and the 2019 Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association’s International Collaboration Section. 

Her work has also appeared in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Daedalus, Foreign Affairs, International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, Journal of Global Security Studies, The Lancet, and Security Studies. She has been a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, and the Carnegie Council on International Ethics. From 2021-2023, she is an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.



Kal Raustiala holds the Promise Institute Chair in Comparative and International Law at UCLA Law School and is a Professor at the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the Program on Global Studies. Since 2007 he has served as Director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. From 2012-2015 he was UCLA’s Associate Vice Provost for International Studies and Faculty Director of the International Education Office. Professor Raustiala's research focuses on international law, international relations, and intellectual property. He is currently writing a biography of the late UN diplomat, civil rights figure, and UCLA alum Ralph Bunche for Oxford University Press.


Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, Center for European and Russian Studies