Recorded 16th February 2022. With the Russian Federation on the brink of invading Ukraine, Dr Rory Finnin, associate professor of Ukrainian Studies, puts the current crisis in historical and regional context, offering warnings and sources of hope for this volatile and geopolitically pivotal part of the world. Dr Finnin explains why, in the realm of political values, Ukraine is not Russia’s cousin but her competitor; and why the West needs to work harder to recognise the complexity and importance of the Black Sea region. Read more: