Melikian Center Condemns Russian Attack on Ukraine

(March 2, 2022)

The Melikian Center strongly condemns Russia's invasion of the sovereign state of Ukraine. We express solidarity with the Ukrainian people, alarm at their suffering, and support for their democratically elected government. 

Russia's attack, ordered by Vladimir Putin, is devastating for Ukraine and dangerous for the whole world. It is made worse by the intentional destruction of civilian centers. We support neighboring countries receiving Ukrainian refugees. We support countries throughout the regions in which we work as they seek independence and peaceful multilateral cooperation. We support citizens within Russia who protest the actions of their government and condemn the repression of their voices. We support countries around the world seeking ways to halt Russia's illegitimate action and secure peace. But above all, we support Ukrainians whose lives and very right to have a country are being threatened. We are inspired by their bravery and commitment. 

We make these declarations as individuals with many different political views, but also as scholars committed to research and intellectual exploration, international exchange, collaboration, and sharing of knowledge. We are alarmed at the lies, distortions, and falsifications of history that have accompanied the invasion. We condemn this information warfare along with military action and repression. We will try to make the best possible knowledge available to the public and policymakers, even burdened by sadness as tragedy unfolds. 

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The Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies advances research, teaching and outreach on the languages, societies and geopolitics of greater Eurasia. The Center’s core mission is to enhance global awareness and cross-cultural understanding in the communities it serves, through innovations and partnerships across disciplinary, ideological and geographical borders.


Applications are invited to attend a Professional Workshop in Public Scholarship

ASU’s Melikian Center, in collaboration with ASU’s Narrative Storytelling Initiative, invites up to 10 participants to ASU’s Tempe campus for a three-day, in-person workshop on issues in public scholarship. Applications are invited from early-career scholars and practitioners (including advanced Ph.D. and master’s students and recent graduates) with an interest in taking knowledge public. The workshop will explore different genres of writing, speaking, and publishing to effectively translate in-depth regional knowledge of Russia, Eurasia, and East Europe to engage public and policy audiences.

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