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March 1, 2022

MEDIA ADVISORY: More Stanford experts on Ukraine/Russia crisis


The following is a list of Stanford scholars who are able to talk with the media about the ongoing Ukraine/Russian crisis through the lens of their expertise, including the geopolitical history between the two countries, international banking sanctions, cybersecurity and cyberwarfare, and nuclear threats.

For further assistance, please contact Melissa De Witte,

Nuclear threat and politics of war
Scott Sagan
Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC)
Sagan’s scholarship focuses on nuclear strategy and security, including nuclear policy and disarmament. He also has studied American public opinion toward war, unprovoked invasions and war crimes (see Stanford News story on this research).

Cyberwarfare and cybersecurity
Herb Lin
Senior Research Scholar at CISAC
Lin’s research broadly looks at policy-related dimensions of cybersecurity and cyberspace, and he is particularly interested in the use of offensive operations in cyberspace as instruments of national policy and in the security dimensions of information warfare and influence operations on national security.

Historical perspective
Norman Naimark
Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor in Eastern European Studies
Naimark’s research has focused on the problems of radical politics in the Russian Empire and Eastern Europe. He is the author of two books on the Russian and Polish revolutionary movements in the late 19th century.

SWIFT, international banking and sanctions
Darrell Duffie
Adams Distinguished Professor of Management and Professor of Finance at Stanford Graduate School of Business
Duffie’s research interests include over-the-counter markets, banking, financial stability, credit risk, valuation and hedging of derivative securities, financial market infrastructure, the term structure of interest rates, financial innovation, security design, market design and fintech payments.

Contemporary security threats, human rights international law, international conflict resolution, nuclear proliferation
Allen S. Weiner
Senior Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Center on International Conflict and Negotiation (SCICN)
Weiner’s expertise includes international and national security law, the law of war, international conflict resolution and international criminal law (including transitional justice). His scholarship focuses on international law and the response to the contemporary security threats of international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and situations of widespread humanitarian atrocities.
See Stanford coverage: Stanford’s Allan Weiner on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Contact:, (650) 724-5892

Russian disinformation on social media
Shelby Grossman
Research Scholar at the Stanford Internet Observatory
Grossman’s interests are in online political disinformation, the political economy of development and Africa. Grossman recently authored Full-Spectrum Pro-Kremlin Online Propaganda About Ukraine, a report that examined narratives from overt propaganda, unattributed Telegram channels and inauthentic social media accounts related to the Ukraine/Russia crisis.

International rule of law
Erik Jensen
Professor of the Practice of Law and Director of the Rule of Law Program, Stanford Law School
Jensen has led or advised research teams on governance and the rule of law at the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the African Development Bank. At Stanford, he teaches courses related to state-building, development, global poverty and the rule of law. Jensen’s scholarship and fieldwork focus on bridging theory and practice, and examine connections between law, economy, politics and society.

Other helpful resources
From Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI):
Assessing the Ukraine-Russia Crisis: Expert analysis and commentary by Stanford scholars on the Ukraine-Russia crisis



Melissa De Witte, Stanford News Service:


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