US academic experts available for comment


What: The war in Ukraine is tearing families, homes and the land itself apart, with explosions reverberating across the country and half a million people fleeing to neighboring European countries. As today’s first round of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia conclude without a ceasefire, experts from American University are available to comment on a variety of issues related to the war in Ukraine. They include US foreign policy, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, refugees and forced displacement, NATO and European politics.

Additionally, beyond politics and foreign policy, American University experts are available to discuss international finance, the impacts of financial sanctions on Russia and global markets, Russia’s divestment in sovereign wealth funds, the role of social media in conflict, disinformation and propaganda bans on social media, portrayals of refugees and people of color in news and social media, and more.

When: February 28, 2022 – ongoing

US University experts available for comment include:

Valentina Bruno is a professor of finance at the Kogod School of Business and holds a Ph.D. in finance from the London School of Economics. His research interests include international finance, macro finance, global liquidity, corporate governance and banking. Prior to joining KSB, Professor Bruno worked at the World Bank in the Financial Sector Strategy and Policy Group and in the International Finance Team (DECPG). She often speaks with the business media and has done her research in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Financial Times, among others.

Suzanne Campbell is an assistant professor at the School of International Service and director of the Research on International Policy Implementation Lab (RIPIL) at American University. She is an expert in statebuilding, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, international assistance and global governance and can discuss issues related to the delivery of international assistance and the process. long-term peacebuilding. Professor Campbell previously worked at the United Nations, the International Crisis Group and the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2018, she served as Senior Advisor to the Congressional Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States, mandated by the US Congress.

Keith Darden, an associate professor at the School of International Service, is an expert on nationalism, state-building, and the politics of Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. His forthcoming book, Resisting Occupation in Eurasia, explores the development of enduring national loyalties through education and details how they explain more than a century of regional patterns of voting, secession and armed resistance in Ukraine, Eurasia and the rest of the world. the world. His award-winning first book, Economic Liberalism and Its Rivals, explored the formation of international economic institutions among post-Soviet states and explained why countries chose to join the Eurasian Customs Union, the WTO, or avoid to participate in commercial institutions.

James Goldgeier is a professor at the School of International Service. He is Robert Bosch Senior Visiting Scholar at the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, and he is a member of the State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee. Professor Goldgeier has held a number of public policy positions, including Director of Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Library of Congress, and Edward Teller National Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Gregorian hrach is the administrative director of the International Peace & Conflict Resolution Program at American University’s School of International Service. He is a conflict resolution and peacebuilding expert with field experience in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, Central and East Asia. Gregorian was one of the founding program directors of the American Institute for Peace (USIP). He developed the Institute’s first professional training program in Conflict Analysis and Negotiation and is a co-founder of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, the largest US-based organization of institutions and professionals in the world. field of peace and conflict management.

Jane Hall is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication, specializing in research, writing, and teaching on the intersection of media and politics. She is the author of the recently published book, Politics and media: intersections and new directions. In her book, she explores the “CNN Effect” of international media coverage of wars and humanitarian crises, from American and international networks. She often speaks with the media and can discuss and critique international networks’ coverage of the war and any incident they have committed while covering the first major European war in decades.

Garrett Martin is co-director of the Transatlantic Policy Center at American University. He has written extensively on transatlantic relations and Europe, security, US foreign policy, NATO, European politics, and European foreign and defense policy. He is a frequent media commentator, providing analysis and interviews to, among others, NPR, BBC, CNN, Voice of America, USA Today, WUSA, ABC News Australia and France 24.

Jason Mollica is a lecturer at the School of Communication, is a former radio and television presenter/reporter/producer. Professor Mollica is available to comment on and discuss media and political topics, particularly campaign messages and how they are seen and scrutinized through social and digital media. He can also comment on political debates, current issues and their impact on the history of American politics.

Ghiyath Nakshbendi is a lecturer at the Kogod School of Business. He is an expert in finance, microfinance, international trade and the global market. He has extensive international business experience and over 35 years of work in development finance and sovereign wealth funds (SWFs). He can provide comments on the disposal of Russian funds by sovereign wealth funds.

Tazreena Sajjad, a senior lecturer at the School of International Service (SIS), is an expert on transitional justice, refugees and forced displacement, post-conflict governance, and the role of gender in conflict and peacebuilding. His current research projects include examining the role of fortifications against irregular migrant flows and the reception of refugees in countries of the South. She is currently an advisor to the Refugee Solidarity Network (RSN) and a faculty member of the Transatlantic Policy Center and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

Scott Talan is a lecturer at the School of Communication. He is an expert in social media and personal branding, honed by communications experience in four distinct areas: TV news, politics, nonprofits/NGOs, and higher education. He is available to comment on social media, how politicians use social media, media and politics.

sherri williams is a lecturer at the School of Communication. Her expertise lies at the intersection of social media, social justice, mass media and how people of color use and are represented by these media. Williams can discuss the media’s portrayal of Ukrainian refugees of African or non-European descent and the offensive language used by broadcasters depicting the war in Ukraine.

Heng Xu is the director of Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center and a professor in the Department of Information Technology and Analytics at Kogod. She is an expert in AI governance, privacy, data ethics, algorithmic fairness, analytical transparency and accountability. His research has received numerous awards and coveted grants. Dr. Xu also teaches courses on risk management and cybersecurity governance.

Nan Zhang is a Professor of Information Technology and Analytics at AU Kogod School of Business and a Research Fellow at Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center (KCGC). His expertise is in data privacy, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, machine learning and regulatory issues. His current research focuses on the appropriate use of data analytics and machine learning to understand people’s preferences and behavior, particularly with respect to important business and regulatory decisions.

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