Crisis in Ukraine Roundtable Discussion


Join The Pearson Institute, the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), and the Kyiv School of Economics for a roundtable discussion covering the unfolding situation in Ukraine. A panel of academic and legal experts will examine the origins of current tensions and discuss their potential outcomes.


Thursday, February 17, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM CST
Keller Center, Sky Suite (4th Floor)
1307 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637 

This event will take place both in-person and virtually via Zoom. 

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About the Panelists

Jesse Driscoll

Jesse Driscoll, Pearson Faculty Affiliate, Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Global Leadership Institute at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at University of California San Diego. He is an area specialist in Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Russian-speaking world.

Scott Gehlbach

Scott Gehlbach (Moderator), Pearson Faculty Affiliate, Professor at Department of Political Science and Harris School of Public Policy, at the University of Chicago. A political economist and comparativist, Gehlbach’s work is motivated by the contemporary and historical experience of Russia, Ukraine, and other postcommunist states.

Andrew Mac

Andrew Mac, Formal Advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, based in Washington, DC. He is also a partner at the Asters law firm in Washington, DC, where he specializes in cross-border transactions and compliance matters involving entities in the U.S., Ukraine, and CIS. Mac has deep hands-on experience in coordinating complex cross-border disputes, as well as in advising Ukrainian and CIS businesses in their interactions with U.S. partners. He was based in Kyiv for nearly a decade and worked in Moscow for several years.

Roger Myerson

Roger Myerson, David L. Pearson Distinguished Service Professor of Global Conflict Studies in the Harris School of Public Policy, the Griffin Department of Economics, and the College, and Nobel Laureate in Economics. Myerson’s research in economics and political science introduced refinements to Nash's equilibrium concept in game theory, and he developed techniques to characterize the effects of communication when individuals have different information.

Tymofiy Mylovanov

Tymofiy Mylovanov, President of the Kyiv School of Economics, Associate Professor of the University of Pittsburgh, and the former Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine. His research interests cover such areas as theory of games and contracts, and institutional design.