Standing with Ukraine: Writings

Below is a list of recent Op-Eds related to the war in Ukraine written by Wesleyan faculty. If you have suggestions for other items, please contact

Katja Kolcio, Associate Professor of Dance, Director of the Allbritton Center:

'Why Ukrainian Americans are committed to preserving Urkrainian culture - and national sovereignty'. Pangyrus, February 27, 2022.

"There are many words for Vladimir Putin. Is 'Strongman' one ?" Mother Jones, February 27, 2022 (as an interviewed contributor to an article by Daniel King).

Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor of Global Issues and Democratic Thought, Government Department:

'How Will the Ukraine War End ? 10 Experts Weigh In'. Newsweek, March 17, 2022 (as a contributor to an article by Brendan Cole).

'Putin's Claims Distort the Meaning of World War II; His War may Repeat its Destructiveness'. History News Network, March 7, 2022.

'Why tearing up the INF treaty was a very bad idea.’ Responsible Statecraft, February 15, 2022.

‘Breaking ranks? Signs of unease in the Russian military.” PONARS, February 14, 2022. 

‘Russia has upper hand on energy sanctions’ Moscow Times, February 1, 2022.

‘US-Russia relations: the year of living dangerously’ PONARS memorandum January 8, 2022.

Victoria Smolkin, Associate Professor of History and Associate Professor of Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies:

'Killing Is Hard: One Reason Russia Is Struggling in Ukraine' Politico, March 3, 2022.

'Fantasy is not History' Meduza, February 24, 2022.