Strategies for Teaching About Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine


John Ishiyama, APSA President, University Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science and the Piper Professor of Texas, University of North Texas

Alison Rios Millet McCartney, Professor of Political Science, Towson University 

Yoshiko Herrera, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Paul Poast, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, The University of Chicago

Olga Onuch, Senior Lecturer in Politics, The University of Manchester 


“Strategies for Teaching About Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine” brought together five leading scholars to help other instructors teach the current conflict. The event featured a detailed discussion investigating the Russian-Ukraine War from multiple perspectives, mixing public scholarship with teaching practices and tips. We hear from experts on Ukrainian domestic politics, post-Soviet Eastern European political development, international relations, Russian domestic politics, global civic engagement, and political science instruction. We also thank Michelle Allendoerfer, APSA’s Director of Teaching & Learning, for moderating the discussion. A brief review of this webinar was published in the May 2022 edition of Political Science Today. You may read “Strategies for Teaching the War in Ukraine,” by Frank Wyer, here.


Teaching Tools

  1. Explaining the War in Ukraine: A Quick Primer,” pptx slides, John Ishiyama
  2. Model Diplomacy: Defending Ukraine,” simulation, Model Diplomacy
  3. The War in Ukraine as a Teachable Moment,” pptx slides, John Ishiyama

Public Scholarship

Local Context

  1. Understanding the Russia-Ukraine Conflict,” Curated Research and Public Scholarship from APSA Journals & More
  2. Do Crimeans Actually Want to Join Russia?” PONARS EURASIA
  3. Revolution & Reform in Ukraine: Evaluating For Years of Reform,” PONARS EURASIA

APSA’s President’s Series

  1. South Ossetia and a new front for Russia in the Caucasus?John Ishiyama
  2. Russians Defining Their Way Out of the War?” John Ishiyama
  3. From Winning to Not Losing Everything – Russia’s evolving search for a way out of the War,” John Ishiyama
  4. Is Putin afraid of his own intelligence services?” John Ishiyama
  5. What Does Putin Want From Ukraine? Surrender First, Then We Can Talk,” John Ishiyama
  6. Can the Communist Help Democratize Russia?,” John Ishiyama
  7. An Off Ramp For Putin?” John Ishiyama
  8. What Does Putin Mean By De-Nazification?” John Ishiyama
  9. Red Canaries in Putin’s Coal Mine?” John Ishiyama

International Relations

Paul Poast’s twitter threads:

  1. How IR theory Predicted the Russo-Ukraine conflict?
  2. US-Russia Relations Post Cold War
  3. NATO’s Post-Cold War Expansion Into Eastern Europe
  4. Recent Ukrainian Military Dependence on the US
  5. Trump, Impeachment & the Russo-Ukraine Conflict
  6. What is Putin’s Military-Political End Game?
  7. Russia as the Central Character in International Conflict
  8. The Threat of Nuclear Exchange in the Russo-Ukraine War
  9. How does the threat of nuclear exchange alter strategy?
  10. How Political Economy is Central to the Russo-Ukraine War
  11. Offensive Realism: Countering John Mearsheimer Account
  12. Will the West’s Unprecedented Sanctions Work?
  13. On Russia’s War Economy
  14. How War’s End
  15. Exploring Russia’s Historical War Performance

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Alexandra M Dias
2 months ago

This is a very useful collection of different pieces of information and scholarship. Links to events prior and in the aftermath of war would be welcome: LSE ideas organised an event on Russian National strategy 3 months before the war; Yale University organised a talk two weeks after the onset of the war with Odd Arne Westad & T. Snyder ET Al; the Oxford Students Union invited former M16 John Russell to offer some insights on Putin leadership style; At the Hoover Institute Steve Kopkin explained the war as a. Outcome of partial/ full miscalculations; Tomila Lankina on the reproduction… Read more »

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