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International Studies Program hosts event to discuss Ukraine, Russia

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Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2022

Westminster College’s International Studies Program will host a discussion on the relationship between Ukraine and Russia at a special Peace Studies Coffee House event at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in Mueller Theater in the McKelvey Campus Center.

Dr. Michael Aleprete, professor of political science, and Dr. Russell Martin, professor of history, will provide insight into the history of the relationship between the two nations and offer context regarding the current war.

The Peace Studies Coffee House is sponsored by the International Studies Program and the departments of Political Science and History.

Aleprete is trained in the areas of international conflict, international relations theory and the comparative politics of the former Soviet Union. His research interests include U.S. and Russian foreign policy, the political geography of border areas, nationalism and third party interventions in war.

Martin, who for more than 20 years has been an adviser to the Russian Imperial House, teaches courses on Russian history, early modern European history, medieval European history, as well as courses on the history of Eastern Orthodoxy. He is an expert on Russia’s first czar Ivan the Terrible and has lectured internationally, including in Germany, the U.K., Canada and Russia. He is the author, most recently, of The Tsar's Happy Occasion: Ritual and Dynasty in the Weddings of Russia's Rulers, 1495-1745.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, please contact Dr. Aleprete at or Dr. Martin at