John O'Loughlin (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Gerard Toal (Virginia Tech University) will give the Keynote Address for the Virtual Summer Research Laboratory workshop, "Frozen Conflicts in Eurasia: Origins, Status, and Outlook".
Dr. John O’Loughlin is College Professor of Distinction, Professor of Geography and Fellow in the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado, Boulder. His research interests are in climate change and conflict, as well as in the political geography of the post-Soviet Union (geopolitical orientations, Eurasian de facto-states, ethno-territorial nationalisms and post-conflict societies). He has also published on the diffusion of democracy, electoral geography, the geography of conflict, and the political geography of Nazi Germany. His work is funded by the National Science Foundation and is concentrated on public opinion surveys in the former Soviet Union and in Kenya. Among other honors, he received the highest award of the Russian Geographical Society, the Semyonov-Tyan Shansky Gold Medal, in 2015.
Dr. Gerard Toal (Gearóid Ó Tuathail) is a Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. He is the author of over a hundred peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on critical geopolitics, territorial conflicts (mostly in post-communist contexts), US foreign policy, de facto states, media and discourse analysis. He is the recipient of multiple research grants from the US National Science Foundation (NSF). His latest book, Near Abroad: Putin, the West and the Contest for Ukraine and the Caucasus (Oxford University Press) won the International Studies Association’s ENMIA Distinguished Book Award in 2019.
For more information about the workshop "Frozen Conflicts in Eurasia: Origins, Status, and Outlook" (June 16-18, 2021), please see here.
This workshop is made possible by funding from the Department of State’s Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII).