Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has inaugurated a dangerous era of world politics with a huge human cost. Overnight, more than 1 million people have already become refugees, fleeing to neighbouring countries such as Poland and Hungary. While we must hold Russia accountable, the role of the US, Europe and NATO cannot be ignored in this conflict. While the invasion invites questions which will continue to be asked for years to come, there are a few basic and pressing questions.
First, why did Russia invade Ukraine? Two, what do Ukrainians want? Three, what is the role of NATO in this conflict. To answer these questions and give us crucial context, veteran Russia studies expert Dr. Anuradha Chenoy speaks to Beyond Nation and State. Dr Anuradha Chenoy is Professor (retired) and former Dean of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was chairperson and director of the Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies at JNU. She is an adjunct faculty at the OP Jindal Global University .
India too has a role to play in the conflict. Why did India refuse to outrightly condemn Russia? How do India’s concerns with regard to China and in the Indo-Pacific matter? Why did India mess up the evacuation of Indian students from Ukraine, with many saying the Indian Embassy in Ukraine didn’t help as much as it should have. Our other guest Dr Happymon Jacob addresses some of these questions. Dr Happymon Jacob teaches at Jawaharlal Nehru University and is the host of National Security Conversations with The Wire. He is also a columnist with The Hindu newspaper.