Separate Ways? Public Opinion in Divided Donbas

Feb. 19, 2021, 11:00am-12:30pm (RSVP requested)

Join PONARS for an online discussion of public opinion surveys carried out in the Donbas. The 6th anniversary of the Minsk II accords are a reminder of how the Donbas conflict endures as a territorial division and geopolitical sandbox. What do ordinary people affected most by the war on both sides of the Donbas divide think of the conflict? This panel presents the work of a transatlantic team of researchers who organized simultaneous surveys on public opinion on both sides of the divide in the Donbas in the fall of 2020. How they organized the research, what they found, how attitudes are changing; this is the subject of this event.

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John O’Loughlin, college professor of distinction, University of Colorado at Boulder

Gwendolyn Sasse, director, Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin; senior research fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Gerard Toal, professor of government and international affairs, Virginia Tech’s campus in Arlington