Crisis in Ukraine Topic for Presentation at FRCC Campus in Longmont
The crisis in Ukraine will be analyzed by Dr. Ian Feinhandler, professor of geography at Front Range Community College and a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, on Tuesday, March 18.
“Crisis in Ukraine: A New Cold War?” will consider Ukraine’s path since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
“Since independence, Ukraine has been plagued with corrupt governance as well as energy dependence on Russia,” Feinhandler says. “As both the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have expanded from Western Europe toward Russia, some in Ukraine see an opportunity to reduce corruption and break old ties with Russia. However, Russia has significant interest in seeing Ukraine remain a satellite state.”
Feinhandler also serves as chair of the Social Sciences Department at FRCC and on the faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He earned a doctorate in geography from CU.
About Front Range Community College
FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.