Ukraine, Russia Crisis to be Discussed in Upcoming President’s Lecture at UM

November 24, 2014

MISSOULA – A University of Southern California professor and director of the School of International Relations will deliver the next installment of the 2014-15 President’s Lecture Series at the University of Montana.

Robert English will present the Ezio Cappadocia Memorial Lecture on Politics and History, “Ukraine, Russia and the West: Crisis, Causes and Consequences,” at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.

English also will lead a seminar earlier that day, titled “Reconsidering the Cold War’s End,” from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. The lecture and seminar both are free and open to the public.

After receiving a doctorate in politics from Princeton University in 1995, English taught at Allegheny College and then at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Since 2001, he has taught at the University of Southern California and became director of the School of International Relations in 2012. His courses at USC include Russian and Post-Soviet Politics; Strategy and Arms Control; International Relations Theory; the Political Economy of Eurasia; Ecological Security and Global Politics; and Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict.

Prior to his graduate work at Princeton, English was a policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, involved in strategic and conventional force planning. He later worked as a senior researcher on the Committee for National Security for which he analyzed strategic defense and space weapons, treaty verification and compliance and general Soviet political-military affairs.

The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of 10 talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers throughout the academic year. For more information on the series, visit or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.


Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and lecture series organizer, 406-243-2981,