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“War in Ukraine: What’s Next?” Conversation w/ Ukrainian Member (Berkeley)

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall (UC Berkeley) | 2594 Hearst Ave, Berkeley, CA

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It’s been nearly 9 months since Russia launched a full-scale military invasion into Ukraine on February 24, 2022. According to the United Nations, the war has caused nearly six thousand civilian deaths and internally displaced almost eight million people. Since the start of the conflict, one-third of Ukrainians have been forced from their homes.

Ukrainian Member of Parliament Inna Sovsun will join Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley, and Janet Napolitano, Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy and former Secretary of Homeland Security, for a firsthand perspective on the war, its impact, and what comes next for the people of Ukraine.

This event is cosponsored by the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Center for Security in Politics, the Center for Studies in Higher Education, the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Institute of European Studies.



Inna Sovsun is a Member of Parliament in Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine where she serves on the Committee of Energy, Housing and Communal Services. As MP, Sovsun focuses on several major issues: education reform, the promotion of green energy, gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights. Sovsun served as the First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine in 2014-2016 and launched several major reforms in higher education, including those aimed at combating corruption and plagiarism. Sovsun studied educational policy at UC Berkeley as a Fulbright Scholar and is currently a lecturer at the Kyiv School of Economics and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Yuriy Gorodnichenko is an economist and Quantedge Presidential Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously the chairman of the International Academic Board of the Kyiv School of Economics, Gorodnichenko is currently a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor. In April 2022, Gorodnichenko co-authored a report titled “A Blueprint for the Reconstruction of Ukraine,” which outlines a potential recovery program for Ukraine after the war.

Janet Napolitano is a Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy and Director of the new Center for Security in Politics. Napolitano served as the president of the University of California from 2013 to 2020, as the US Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, as Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998 to 2003, and as US Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993 to 1997. She was the first woman and is, to date, the longest-serving Secretary of Homeland Security.

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Cost: FREE
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Address: 2594 Hearst Ave, Berkeley, CA