UCR Provost Paul D’Anieri will assess the possibility of a new cold war

By on September 18, 2014

Paul D'Anieri

UCR Provost/EVC Paul D’Anieri will discuss the crisis in Ukraine in a lecture Oct. 1.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – UC Riverside Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri will discuss “Anarchy in

[the] Ukraine: How Ukraine’s Crisis Represents ‘Post-Post-Cold War’ Politics” in a lecture Oct. 1 presented by the UCR School of Public Policy and Center for Ideas and Society, the humanities research center at UCR.

The lecture will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Building, Room 1128. The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Since November 2013, Ukraine has moved rapidly from protest to revolution to state collapse to foreign intervention, said D’Anieri, a political scientist whose expertise is in Eastern European and post-Soviet affairs.

“We can now ask seriously whether a new cold war is emerging, and what that might mean,” he said. “However, Ukraine’s experience in 2014 is far from unique. Rather, it brings together a set of dynamics that we see emerging around the world, including the emergence of hybrid democratic-autocratic regimes, the diffusion of protest, the weakness of states, innovation in information warfare, and the erosion of traditional notions of war. Is this the future of world politics?”

D’Anieri joined UCR on July 1, having served previously as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations at Michigan State, and a master’s and doctorate in government at Cornell University.

He serves as the chief academic and operating officer for UC Riverside, providing academic leadership to the entire university, managing day-to-day operations of the campus, overseeing resource allocation, and serving as a member of the campus leadership team. In the chancellor’s absence, the provost serves as the chief executive officer.

D’Anieri’s lecture launches the School of Public Policy Seminar Series – whose speakers will include FAA administrator Michael Huerta on Oct. 17 and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich on Feb. 10, 2015. It also launches the Center for Ideas and Society’s public programming for the year, highlights of which include a discussion of the future of the Salton Sea, a roundtable on the conflict in the Middle East, and two “Dueling Disciplines” events: one contrasting the views of philosophy and neuroscience on consciousness and another contrasting the views of dance and religious studies on yoga.

Anil Deolalikar, dean of the School of Public Policy, said the policy seminar series will feature talks by leading researchers and policy-makers on timely and pressing policy challenges facing the region, the nation and the world.

“We are pleased to kick off our seminar series for academic year 2014-15 with a talk by UCR’s new provost/EVC, Paul D’Anieri, on how the current anarchy and unrest in Ukraine represents post-Cold War politics and hot it is likely to affect the United States,” he said.

The Center for Ideas and Society is delighted to co-host this event as part of its mission to engage the wider public in the important humanities and social science research taking place at UC Riverside, said Georgia Warnke, professor of political science and director of the center. “We look forward to additional cross-campus collaborations,” she added.

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